PETALING JAYA: A state deputy minister has proposed that vacancies for medical officers in government clinics and hospitals in Sarawak be advertised in the peninsula in order to tackle the shortage of doctors in the state.
Deputy education, innovation and talent development minister Dr Annuar Rapaee made the proposal as a solution to doctors from the peninsula turning down job offers or being a no-show when posted to Sarawak, Borneo Post reported.
“Advertise all clinics and hospitals in Sarawak that have a shortage of doctors.
“Let this application be open to contract doctors. Give them a probation period of two years before they can be given the permanent post,” he was quoted as saying.
Annuar was commenting on deputy health minister Lukanisman Awang Sauni saying that more than 200 contract doctors failed to report for work or rejected positions to serve in Sarawak after being made permanent.
Annuar said the present approach of giving contract doctors permanent posts and then posting them to Sarawak would not address the shortage of doctors in the state.
“On the contrary, opening applications for the clinics and hospitals will allow these contract doctors to choose before they can be given permanent post.
“Once they have agreed, there will be little chance of them turning down the transfer because they know they will (likely) get a permanent post after serving the clinic or hospital of their choice during the probation period,” the Nangka assemblyman said.
Additionally, he suggested giving permanent posts to contract doctors who are currently serving in Sarawak, as well as those who will serve in Sarawak in the future.
He also proposed that the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) should withhold the doctors’ annual practicing certificate (APC) if they refuse to serve the nation as requested by the health ministry.