Thursday, September 23, 2021

Govt to spend RM1.2 billion to extend contracts of 14,000 medical workers

Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz says the government is concerned about the demands of the contract health workers and is aware of their contribution especially during the pandemic period.

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The government has agreed to extend the contracts of about 14,000 medical doctors, dentists and pharmacists for a period of two years (or 7,000 per cohort/year) which will involve a financial implication of RM1.2 billion, says Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz

This is a follow-up to the government’s decision for contract-appointed medical officers, dental officers and pharmacists to be offered contractual appointments for a period of two years after completing the compulsory service period to ensure the continuity of service and preparation for specialist studies.

“The government is very concerned about the demands of the contract-status health workers group and is aware of their contribution and role as the front line of health in providing the best health services to the people, especially in the Covid-19 pandemic situation,” he said in Parliament today.

Zafrul said the government had also agreed to extend the appointments on a contract basis for a maximum period of four years for medical officers and dental officers who are accepted to pursue specialist studies during the first two-year contract period.

He said the move was to ensure that the officers concerned successfully complete their respective specialist studies.

He also said the prime minister had instructed the health ministry and relevant agencies to draw up a comprehensive and inclusive plan comprising immediate action, short-term, medium and long-term plans to enable the direction for the medical services to be drawn up.

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