Hartal: Relocation Of New Medical Officers May Cause Staff Shortages

Hartal Doktor Kontrak warns of staff shortages and suboptimal care due to relocation of medical officers. Training new recruits may prolong disruptions and lead to suboptimal care for patients.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 – Hartal Doktor Kontrak has expressed concerns regarding the mandatory relocation of some 4,000 medical officers with permanent job offers to different states and health care centres based on the availability of permanent positions.

While acknowledging the necessity of this step for a smooth transition to permanent roles, the group highlighted the potential unintended consequences that may arise for the health care system as a whole.

“The process of relocating these medical offices could potentially lead to a shortage of personnel in several departments and clinics, ultimately affecting the quality and timeliness of care provided to the public. 

“Furthermore, training the new recruits to the required level of competence in their respective roles will take time prolonging the period of potential disruptions in health care services. 

“As a result, the common folks who rely on our health care system for their wellbeing might face suboptimal care during this transitional phase,” Hartal Doktor Kontrak said in a statement issued on Twitter today.

In light of these concerns, the group urges the government to pay careful attention to the matter and take necessary actions to mitigate the potential challenges. 

“It is crucial to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to minimise any adverse effects on the health care system, and most importantly, on the patients who depend on it,” the group said.

Hartal Doktor Kontrak has applauded the recent announcement of nearly 4,000 contract medical officers being offered permanent positions as a significant achievement and recognition of their hard work and dedication.

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