Private health facilities can hire foreign nurses from Oct 1

The Health Ministry now allows private healthcare facilities to hire foreign nurses without a post-basic qualification, subject to several conditions. – Facebook pic, September 18, 2023

PRIVATE health facilities will allowed to hire foreign-trained nurses without a post-basic qualification starting October 1, subject to several conditions, Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said.

The conditions are that the foreign nurses must sit for the Malaysian Nursing Board Qualification Examination for Foreign-Trained Nurses conducted by the Malaysian Nursing Board, and the number of nurses in each private health facility cannot exceed 40% of the number of nurses in the facility.

Another condition is that the recruitment is valid for a period of 12 months from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024, and service extension is allowed for 12 months according to the nurses’ Temporary Practicing Certificate approval and this will be re-evaluated based on current conditions and requirements.

“The recruitment of the foreign-trained nurses must also comply with the terms and conditions set by the Home Ministry, including the salary details and contract period,” she said in a statement today.

Zaliha said the constraints on the recruitment of the foreign-trained nurses by the private sector as stipulated in the Employment Criteria for Foreign Trained Nurses In Malaysia 2018, had been reviewed and given temporary conditional relaxation in the interests of a more sustainable and competitive service.

She said the Health Ministry (MOH) expects the move to have a positive impact on various sectors, such as the health tourism industry, and will further stimulate the country’s economic growth.

“This decision was welcomed by the private medical industry because this could help optimise their operations and services,” she said.

Emphasising that the MOH will continue to give priority to the welfare and career prospects of local nurses, Zaliha said the ministry would implement regular recruitment of nursing diploma graduates from public and private higher learning institutions in phases for the years 2024 and 2025.

“This to meet the need for nurses at MOH facilities and will ensure that job opportunities are available for local nurses,” she said. – Bernama, September 18, 2023.

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