The health ministry will consider the request of the Association of Private Hospitals, Malaysia (APHM) to allow the employment of trained nurses from overseas, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
He said this followed the shortage of trained nurses in specialised medical fields in Malaysia.
“There was a request from APHM for specialised nurse from abroad to assist our country as there is a shortage of trained nurses in special fields.
“At one time, the health ministry allowed (the employment of trained nurses from abroad) and later disallowed it. I will bring this matter to the minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) when he returns from Geneva for discussion to resolve the matter,” he said after officiating the 28th APHM International Healthcare Conference & Exhibition 2022 in Kuala Lumpur today.
Also present was APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh, who said the association was in the process of training its own nurses.
“At the same time, we are calling for the employment of trained nurses from abroad to be permitted to assist in resolving the current shortage of trained nurses at private hospitals,” he said.