PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced a two-year extension of contract for medical officers, dentists and pharmacists upon completion of their mandatory service, and up to four years for contract doctors who have been accepted for specialisation in their fields.
“As an immediate solution, the Cabinet has agreed that medical officers, dental officers and pharmaceutical officers appointed on contract basis be offered a contract of service for two years upon completion of the mandatory service to ensure that there is a continuity in service and preparation for specialist studies.
“The Cabinet has (also) agreed to extend the contracts for a maximum of four years to medical officers and dental officers who have been accepted for specialist studies in their first two-year contract service. This is to ensure they can complete their specialist studies,” said Muhyiddin in a statement on Friday (July 23).
Muhyiddin added that the contracts of these officers must be in line with the career of a permanent officer and be offered fully paid study leave as well as sponsorship akin to fully paid study leave and Federal Training Awards.
“To ensure that the matter is given complete attention and handled wholly and effectively, I have ordered the Health Ministry and all the relevant agencies to form a comprehensive and inclusive plan involving immediate actions, short-term, medium-term and long-term plans,” he said.
“The Government greatly appreciates the contribution of doctors on the front line of the Covid-19 war and will remain committed to ensuring that the welfare and career paths of contract medical, dental and pharmacy officers are given due attention and fairness,” he said.
This announcement comes amidst protests of contract doctors who have been complaining that the current contract system in the civil service has been unfair to them.