CASSA MALAYSIA CHIEF SAYS: MOH WILL DO GOOD TO EMPLOY OVER 5000 UNEMPLOYED MEDICAL GRADUATES AS INTERNS FOR RESEARCH AND OTHER IN HOUSE PURPOSES PENDING VACANCIES!
One would not be wrong to believe that among the issues confronting and damaging Malaysia’s healthcare delivery system is the need for professional, visionary leaders with foresight and zero tolerance for racism!
But the reality is there is strong undercurrents of politics and fiefdoms that have been created with the strong breeze of fanaticism, racism and power politics which has hurt the once fine image of MOH!
I should know as I have walking the corridors of power and writing on these issues since 1980!
If one remembers, more than 30 years ago there were just about 3 medical schools producing about 400 doctors a year!
Fast forward from just 3 we then had more than 30 medical schools in the country or more!
Then the inevitable happened where more than 4000 new doctors started horsemanship at the Ministry of Health.
And since that day it has been shockingly increasing!
I remember then been advised by the then policymakers that the 2010 goal of one doctor per 600 population had already been exceeded in Kuala Lumpur, where the ratio now stood at more than one per 400.
This is where issues arise.
There is over supply everywhere except the places of dire need in East Malaysia and the rural heartland!
This is strange since we are allegedly having more than nine public and nine private local institutions, alongside foreign accredited ones, producing between 1,500 and 2,000 medical graduates every year.
But then again I must admit that the real issues may not just be the numbers but the quality of students at the point of admission, the professionalism and standards of teaching in that educational incubator!
Of course, the same can be said of our incubators with its various strains of race quotas, religious profiling and caveats!
Which looked upon is detrimental to the Malaysian healthcare delivery system when combined with the power racial religious politics end to end!
Where fear exists among peers, when, competence and professionalism stares them in their eyes and many realize they are there not because of merit?
But this can be a point of discussion another day.
For now – I am more concerned about the more than 5000 medical doctors who have since returned and jobless!
I am surprised our super globally trained administrators of the Malaysian healthcare system have yet to address this issue.
Can I humbly suggest a remedy?
Is it not time that we absorb these numbers into the systems not as doctors, until the situation improves, but for training, research, development programs like internships but within the hospital setting!
I am certain the very professional and imagination filled Finance Minister working across with his colleagues in the cabinet can find the financial resources to sustain such a project?
We can facilitate an allowance of say RM1000.00 to cover expenses to facilitate the said endeavor?
The government gets extra qualified hands in the field to assist in areas which I have cited, the candidate are positioned in a hospital setting where they are experiencing in-house training and gathering further knowledge which will come in handy when the situation improves and they get called in to be doctors?
I pray that the MOH may seriously look at my humble suggestion and even perhaps, invite me over for a cup of coffee to expand on this!
Failing which, we super pious Malaysians should be ready to expect that the next grab driver we engage may just be a medically trained doctor without a job!