Contract doctors striking out their Hippocratic Oath?


Mustafa K. Anuar

The contract doctors’ hartal should be seen as a means to alert the government and the public that they have been treated unfairly over the years, and yet are expected to work as hard as, if not more than, the permanent doctors. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, July 26, 2021.

THE contract doctors staged their nationwide “Hartal Doktor Kontrak” protest today to express their collective dissatisfaction over the present terms of their temporary employment.

Very much at the end of their tether, these exhausted doctors took the last resort to mount the hartal to tell the government in no uncertain terms that their plight as contract workers must be addressed urgently and that a comprehensive long-term solution must be sought.


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  • Agreed. A reexamination of the public healthcare system is desperately needed.

    Posted 2 months ago by Jason Varughese

  • The problem is JPA increased the administrators manpower but not those the doers.. This what happens to our young doctors.

    Posted 2 months ago by DENGKI KE?

  • This problem arose because the Govt failed to plan in the first instance when they approved so many medical colleges just to give their cronies an opportunity to make money from the students (some of whom indebted to PTPTN loans).
    Is there a need for them? if there is no need then just sack the whole lot of them. Simple. But it seems they are sorely needed for this Pandemic which has reached horrific levels. Previously, maybe they were an "excess" but today they have become a neccessity. So it makes the mistake a good mistake by the previous government. God has made good use of your mistake. Don't make another mistake by neglecting these heroic doctors who have toiled day and night, exposing themselves daily to mortal danger until some are on the brink of total exhaustion.
    So will there be an excess after this pandemic is over? The question to ask is actually "will this be the last pandemic or will there be a series of pandemic after this?" Many people are inclined to believe that for whatever reasons, there will be other pandemics after this. The government of the day will then have to plan ahead, learning from the inadequacy of our medical setup during a pandemic, and prepare for the next pandemics in the future. This will require more hospitals, better equipped and more doctors, nurses and specialists.
    Meanwhile, the government should also start regulating the number of students each college can produce and to close some of the substandard medical colleges. Meanwhile, lets take care of these bunch of heroes and heroines and do the right thing, not just for them, but for the nation too.

    Posted 2 months ago by Mike Mok

  • This problem arose because the Govt failed to plan in the first instance when they approved so many medical colleges just to give their cronies an opportunity to make money from the students (some of whom indebted to PTPTN loans).
    Is there a need for them? if there is no need then just sack the whole lot of them. Simple. But it seems they are sorely needed for this Pandemic which has reached horrific levels. Previously, maybe they were an excess (not sure about this) but today they have become a neccessity. So Covid has made good the mistake by the previous government. The government should not now make another mistake by neglecting these heroic doctors who have toiled day and night, exposing themselves daily to mortal danger until some are on the brink of total exhaustion. Many have probably been infected.
    So will there be an excess after this pandemic is over? The question to ask is actually "Will this be the last pandemic or will there be a series of pandemic after this?" Many people are inclined to believe that for whatever reasons, there will be other pandemics after this. The government of the day will then have to plan ahead, learning from the inadequacy of our medical setup during a pandemic, and prepare for the subsequent pandemics in the future. This will require more and better equiped hospitals, more doctors, nurses and specialists. Where will we get specialists if we don't give these young doctors a chance?
    Meanwhile, the government should also start regulating the number of students each college can produces and to close some of the substandard medical colleges. Meanwhile, lets take care of these bunch of heroes and heroines and do the right thing, not just for them, but for the nation too.

    Posted 2 months ago by Mike Mok