KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24 — Only 15 Sabahan medical officers from the 2016 and 2017 cohorts were given a permanent post in the Ministry of Health (MOH), according to Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.
The permanent doctors belong to the 2016 cohort that ended their housemanship in 2018 and May 2017 cohort who completed their medical training in 2019.
Of that, a total of 31 doctors comprising nine Sabahans and 22 Sarawakians from the 2016 cohort were offered permanent posts. In the 2017 (until May) cohort, another six doctors from Sabah and 74 doctors from Sarawak were appointed as permanent medical officers.
However, MOH did not specify where these doctors were posted.
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Dr Adham also specified the number of contract medical graduates from Sabah and Sarawak who served in MOH from 2016 until 2020.
Permanent appointment for the doctors will be made separately after the completion of their graduate training and compulsory service with the government based on the general and technical criteria set for the post, Dr Adham said in a written Dewan Rakyat answer on November 13 to Lumut MP Mohd Hatta Md Ramli.
Mohd Hatta asked MOH to state the number of medical graduates from Sabah and Sarawak who serve in Malaysia every year and the number of the East Malaysia doctors who were given permanent posts.
Dr Adham said in a separate Dewan Negara reply to Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew last December 21 that 26,787 people have been appointed as contract medical and dental officers between December 2016 and December 7 this year, comprising 22,296 doctors and 4,491 dentists.
As of December 7 this year, 2,544 contract medical officers from the 2016 and 2017 cohorts were eligible for permanent offers, including 174 Sarawak-borns. Out of the 2,544, a total of 108 medical officers born in Sarawak received permanent positions.
As for contract dental officers, 1,485 from the 2017 and 2018 cohorts were eligible for permanent offers, including 85 Sarawak-borns. Out of the 1,485, a total of 50 Sarawakian dental officers had received permanent offers.
“MOH has made improvements by prioritising permanent medical officers born in Sabah, Sarawak, or Labuan for placements in Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan,” said Dr Adham.
The Public Service Commission of Malaysia (SPA) offered permanent posts to a total of 665 contract medical officers and 477 contract dental officers until July 31 this year.
Dr Adham told the Dewan Rakyat in his written parliamentary reply last August that as of July 31, only 3.3 per cent (665 doctors) out of 19,909 contract medical officers were given permanent positions in the public sector.
Of the 665 permanent doctors, less than one per cent of the posts were given to Sabahan doctors.