KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 – The Ministry of Health will spend RM3.4 billion to create permanent positions for doctors, dentists and pharmacists for the period of 2022 to 2025, the Deputy Minister of Health has said. Health II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagong.
He said this will be the estimated amount to be spent on the 11,296 permanent positions created.
“The implementation of this decision involves an initial financial implication of RM337.5 million per year in 2022.
“Financial implications for the purpose of paying emoluments to these officers will continue to increase for the period of 2023 to 2025 amounting to RM1.2 billion,” Aaron told Dewan Rakyat today regarding 4,186 permanent positions created for medical, dental and pharmaceutical officers. by June, where 3,586 are doctors, 300 dentists and 300 pharmacists.
He was responding to the PKR’s MP for Kangar, Noor Amin Ahmad, who asked the government to indicate the amount spent for the purpose of the absorption exercise by the Ministry of Health.
The Deputy Minister of Health also indicated that following the vacancies of dentists and pharmacists, the total number of permanent recruitments is 460 dentists and 400 pharmacists.
“The government has also agreed to create at least 1,500 permanent positions for doctors, dentists and pharmacists under the Ministry of Health from 2023 to 2025.
“The estimated financial implications for the payment of emoluments are RM744.5 million for this period,” he said.
At the same time, Aaron said the government had also agreed that 800 permanent positions for doctors and 70 dentists would be created each year from 2023 to 2025 to accommodate the permanent production of specialist doctors in the premises of the Ministry of Health.
“It will involve a financial implication of RM1.1 billion for an estimated three years,” he said.
The move to absorb contract medical professionals is the latest development on the contract doctor issue that came to public attention last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, led by the efforts of the Hartal Doktor Kontrak movement.
Earlier, on January 15, Khairy announced that contract doctors would be eligible to apply for specialist training under the Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan (HLP) sponsorship from January 28, allowing them to apply for a master’s degree, an area of special interest (AOSI) or a Ph.D.