Well, I have been saying this all the while. The government is set to meet the doctor:population ratio target of 1: 600 by 2015 and 1:400 by 2020. The news that appeared in the Star today http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/30/nation/11201514&sec=nation is a clear indication of what is coming soon. However, I feel that we will achieve the ratio very much earlier. With the highest number of medical schools per capita population in the world, we will likely achieve the target of 1:400 by 2017/2018. Our Minister’s calculation of 3500 graduates annually is grossly miscalculated. By 2015, we will be producing at least 5000 graduates locally and another 1000-2000 from overseas. I don’t think our Minister knows what he is talking about, as usual. I also don’t believe that there is a 60% vacancies in civil service for doctors. In a true Malaysia Boleh spirit, our Minister has proudly said that we will “do better than WHO’s recommendation“. WTH, of course he never says anything about quality! Chasing quantities is not going to take us far.
I have attached another article below which caught my eye 2 days ago http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/28/nation/11196903&sec=nation. I have highlighted 2 sentences which is what I expect to happen to medical graduates by 2017. When all the posts in MOH are filled, I am sure local public university graduates and government sponsored students will be given priority. The self sponsored, whether from overseas or local private universities will most likely have wait in a “Q” or just have to find another job !
Doctor target within reach
By CHRISTINA TAN email@example.com
KLUANG: Malaysia is optimistic of having a doctor-population ratio of 1:400 by the year 2020, beating the World Health Organisation’s standard of 1:600.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Government was confident of meeting the standard despite currently facing a shortage of doctors with a ratio of only 1:800.
He said the ministry was however on track to achieve WHO’s standard of a doctor-population ratio of 1:600 by 2015.
“We are optimistic that we can do better than WHO’s recommendation,” he told reporters after visiting the new Kluang Hospital in conjunction with the MCA roadshow here yesterday.
Liow said the present shortage of doctors was quite high with 60% vacancies that needed to be filled nationwide.
Several measures, he added, had been drawn up to increase the number of doctors and medical graduates, with the country producing about 3,500 every year.
“With the continuing efforts and measures to increase the number of medical personnel, the country can achieve its target,” he said.
At the event, Liow said the ministry would also provide Kluang Hospital with CT scan facilities worth RM5mil and 25 doctors, including specialists.
He also said the hospital needed an additional 150 nurses and other staff, adding that he would talk to the Public Service Department soon on resolving the matter.
4800 New Teachers
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is taking steps to ensure Bachelor of Education graduates from public universities (IPTAs) will be absorbed in schools from May.
Over 4,800 new graduate teachers from IPTAs will receive their posting next month.
“A total of 4,671 graduate teachers will be sent to schools on May 23 while another 150 graduate teachers will be posted in July,” Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement.
He revealed that the Education Services Commission had interviewed 4,953 candidates from IPTAs.
Only graduate teachers from IPTAs will receive their postings while graduates from private institutions of higher education (IPTS) will not be called for an interview by the commission yet.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, explained that graduate teachers from IPTAs were given preference over those from IPTS because their intake and the subjects they majored in were planned by the ministry.
Graduate teachers from IPTAs had earlier experessed concern over a delay in their posting.
In Ranau, Sabah, Muhyiddin, who was on a two-day visit to the state, said the education system needed a revamp to produce a new breed of experts and skilled workers.
He said the current system had been adequate but the time had come to elevate it further to ensure the country achieved its goals.
“We must place importance on education to meet the manpower needs of the country,” he said when opening SMK Ranau and handing over of land to Institut Aminuddin Baki.
Malaysia, he said, would need another 3.3 million new workers in the next eight years in addition to the existing 12 million.
Meanwhile, at a dialogue in Kota Kinabalu later with the DPM, teachers said they were not given any special allowance for teaching the Kadazandusun language.
Muhyiddin urged teachers who were about to retire to properly plan for their golden years.