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Contract doctors protest nationwide, demand permanent positions and equal rights

KUALA LUMPUR: Government contract doctors went on strike nationwide today (July 26) in all government hospitals, demanding for permanent positions and same opportunities and equal benefits like their permanent colleagues.

It was reported that 23,000 contract doctors would protest nationwide today after the group’s efforts for permanent absorption into the service have failed.

The contract medical officers insisted to go on strike even though the government agreed on July 23 to offer them a two-year contract of service upon completion of their compulsory service period.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a statement said the move was to ensure continuity of service and also as a preparation for the young doctors to pursue specialist training.

The government also agreed to extend the contract of service to a maximum of four years for medical and dental officers accepted to pursue specialist training during their first two-year contract.

Worried about the safety of the patients, especially when the country is suffering a surge in Covid-19 infections, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah last night urged all contract doctors and healthcare workers not to join the nationwide strike.

He reminded them that many lives are on the line.

He said the demonstration could affect lives and even their career, while reminding them of the oath they made at the beginning of their profession ‘to do no harm’ or injustice to their patients.

There were many police and security officers around, but the nationwide protest has been peaceful.

Many contract doctors wearing black clothes and face masks staged a walkout at 11am in major government hospitals, holding placards silently.

Most of the were aware that any large gathering or protest was against SOP at this time when the country is under the Movement Control Order (MCO) battling the Covid pandemic.

Written by Ezri

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