KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has proposed that new medical graduates in this country be allowed to serve with other ministries in tackling the lack of posts for medical officers in the government hospitals.
Health deputy director-general (Medical) Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran said this could be an alternative measure to the problem as many new medical graduates had to wait a long time to serve in government hospitals.
"The current system provides for new medical graduates to work with the Health Ministry only, but now when there is a glut of medical graduates, perhaps we need to have an open mind and think out of the box.
"We need to think whether they should only work in the clinical section or serve in other ministries like in other countries including India."
He said this to reporters after officiating at the National-Level Work Safety and Health Day celebration themed 'Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge' at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), here, today.
At the event, HKL also introduced the 'Return to Work - Doctors' Support Group' for medical officers experiencing work stress to be counselled and referred to psychiatrists so that they could return to work.
Dr Jayaindran said the ministry's proposal should be thought about also because many new graduates could not withstand the work pressure and stress during their housemanship and gave up, to the extent that the process of recruiting new medical officers for government hospitals could be disrupted.
"Each year, we receive 5,000 medical graduates to undergo training but from the number, the ratio of 1:5 decide to quit due to work pressure and lack of deep interest in the profession.
"However, we don't want them to put to waste their capabilities but be able to serve as public servants in other ministries," he said, adding that the Health Ministry was discussing the matter with the Public Service Department to find a win-win solution, he said.
On the spiralling medical costs for patients in this country that have gone viral on the social media, Dr Jayaindran denied this, saying it could be due to the propaganda by insurance companies.
He said the medical costs at private hospitals in this country were still lower than that in other countries, hence benefiting foreigners seeking treatment here, while foreign migrant workers paid lower fees for medical treatment here than in their own countries. — Bernama