By S. Harrish
THE Health Ministry has been urged to clarify whether the 22,000 contract medical officers who were promoted over the past week will receive any salary increment.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said based on a news report recently, there were fears that there will be no increment, which is unfair and unjust to the young medical doctors.
He said the Cabinet decision to promote these contract officers from the UD41 category to UD43 was done by Pakatan Harapan-led government in November 2019 but the Perikatan Nasional government was slow to implement it.
“However, concerns that they do not receive any pay raise even with the promotion in grade must be clarified and addressed.
“If true, this is a clear injustice to our young medical officers and a mockery to show our appreciation to them for playing a huge part of our nation’s effort against Covid-19,” he said in a statement.
Yii said young medical professionals needed to be protected adequately to retain them in the public service where more than 70% of the population sought medical treatment.
“If not, we risk losing more of them to the private sector or even increase brain drain out of our country.”
On top of this promotion in grade, he said the government must outline a long-term plan to address the contract issue.
“I also urge for a proper government plan to extend the duration of the contract to allow them to apply and finish their specialisation program especially through “parallel-pathways”.
“The government should take the extra step to give these contract workers similar access to perks enjoyed by the permanent medical officers as their responsibility, workload and even risk is the same.”