MALAYSIA: Over 4,000 temporary roles will open to health workers this year as the coronavirus pandemic brings to light issues on wages, work hours, and tenure among contract doctors already strained by the demands of the job.
The health minister announced the openings, including slots for 3,586 medical officers, 300 dentists, and 300 pharmacists.
The Government's Health Department also plans to open at least 1,500 permanent positions for doctors annually over the next three years.
While advocacy groups welcomed this latest move, doctors continue to push for transparency in the criteria and selection of contract doctors who may be offered a permanent positions.
Unlike their permanent counterparts, contract doctors have a fixed two-year term only, and do not have the opportunity to specialise or further their training.