4,053 contract staff will be replaced by permanent staff this year, Khairy says

THE Ministry of Health (MOH) has approved 4,053 of the 8,672 initial applications for full-time employees, including contract medical and dental officers and pharmacists, this year, said ministry minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said it covers 3,215 medical personnel, 438 dentists and 400 pharmacists, with 225 candidates on the waiting list.

“This is the largest addition of full-time jobs since 2016 when the contract policy started, and since then we have[requested]at least 1,500 full-time jobs each year, which we provide to our contracting officers,” he said. added.

Kylie made this at a press conference after appearing as a panel member in a dialogue session called “The Future of Our Healthcare” in connection with today’s 2022 Health Policy Summit.

He said the MOH will consult with the Public Service Board (SPA) to determine policies on whether people who have failed to apply for permanent employment can reapply.

“We understand that it will be disappointing for some people. Therefore, after discussing with the MMA (Malaysian Medical Association), MOH has considered career options for those who have not been able to assimilate as full-time staff, and at least they have Good incentives and opportunities for professional and semi-professional training were provided.

Meanwhile, Mr Khairy said the Ministry of Health is also looking at appropriate models to determine whether a health service board should be established by law or administration.

He said the issue is not currently the ministry’s main focus but will be discussed in a health white paper due to be submitted to parliament at the end of the year.

“If you ask us (MOH), of course we need our own commissions so as not to be subject to normal SPA policies. It is subject to a policy under the JPA (Public Service Department), which means that this policy must be aligned with other (public) services.

“We are taking it one step at a time…we would like to have our own commission, but the question of when to push this forward can be discussed during the health white paper drafting process. – Bernamah, 16 August 2022. 4,053 contract staff will be replaced by permanent staff this year, Khairy says

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