The Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS) refers to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s recent press statement, in which it was mentioned that the Cabinet has agreed to increase the number of permanent posts for pharmacists in the public sector to 300 for 2022.
MPS would like to thank the minister and the Cabinet for agreeing to this, as it would ensure a continuity of care, as well as more job opportunities and security for pharmacy graduates.
However, MPS feels that the government should also consider raising the number of the new permanent posts for pharmacists at a ratio of 1:3 with the doctors. This is because of an urgent need to provide pharmaceutical services for the benefit of patients.
MPS also fully supports the introduction of a competency examination to assess the quality of pharmacy graduates, whereby only the best will be able to qualify for permanent posts.
We hope that this examination will assess both theoretical knowledge and soft skills, which can translate into a more consistent selection of candidates for permanent posts.
Amrahi Buang is the president of the Malaysian Pharmacists Society.
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