Sometimes I wonder whether our politicians know what they are talking about. Every now and then I see ridiculous and populists statements coming out of their mouth. We have enough “foot in the mouth” syndrome fellows in our cabinet.
The following 2 reports appeared in 2 different newspapers today. Even the reporters are totally confused. One report says “professionals” and the other says “doctors”. The speech was delivered during one of the private medical college function. So, probably one of the reporters would have thought that he is only talking about doctors when the minister mentioned “professionals”. I wonder!
Now, let’s dissect this report and the figures quoted. Firstly, he says that there are 47 medical schools in this country!! OMG. I got NO idea where he got this figure from and if it is true, we must be the laughing-stock of the world for having the most number of medical schools in the world for such a small country, almost all unrecognized elsewhere. But then, coming to think of it, I realize that probably he is right! Even though we only have 34 functioning medical schools, with 2 more on the way, some of these medical schools got more than 1 medical programs running concurrently. AUCMS is proudly proclaiming that they are the first university in the world that has 5 medical programs (2 local and 3 twinning programs)!! Can anyone beat that!! UNiKL got 2 programs, MSU got 2 programs etc. So, if we include all these medical programs, we may achieve 47 medical schools equivalent!! For once, a politician is talking sense!
Let’s talk about the number of doctors. He says that we need 16 000 doctors in public sector by 2020. Does he know what he is talking about? Based on the latest statistics provided by MOH, as mentioned here, the number of doctors in public sector has already reached almost 26 000 last year. So, what 16 000? For benefit of doubt, let’s say he is talking about 16 000 more doctors needed in public sector by 2020. The number of NEW doctors registered last year was almost 4000, which means we can get the 16 000 doctors within the next 4 years, with only 50% of the medical schools in production mode!! Obviously, the production is only going to increase exponentially, has he considered that?
He also says that we are only producing 2000 doctors annually!! Does he really know what is happening? The number of NEW doctors registered last year was almost 3800 and expected to reach slightly more than 4000 this year. Has he forgotten that we have another 2000 doctors graduating from overseas either sponsored or self sponsored? He claims that the government is trying to achieve the ratio of 1: 597 by 2020 but has he forgotten that the ratio has already reached 1: 791 as of 2011?
I presume the college probably wrote the speech and our minister just read it out. That’s what usually happens and the colleges usually got their own agenda in preparing speech. If he is really talking about our great ETP human resource planning then I think our ETP guys really got NO idea of what is happening on the ground. Talking about nurses, just today our Human Resource Minister announced that 8000 nurses are jobless (see below)!! Welcome to Bolehland’s Human resource planning and what a contradictory statements. The best joke is when the Minister has to give appreciation letter for 60 nurses who manage to get a job!! At least the nurses can work in private hospitals directly unlike medical graduates who have to undergo housemanship training, only in government hospitals (although when the situation gets desperate, the government may force the private hospitals).
With other countries closing their doors to medical graduates, the situation will only get worst. It is confirmed that only 2 Monash Malaysia graduates got internship post for 2013 out of almost 60-70 students who applied. I have written about the Australian Internship Crisis here. The international students will be left in the limbo! Many international students intention was to go to Australia for internship since Malaysia do not provide housemanship for foreigners and the degree is NOT recognized anywhere else. Probably in the following years, none will get a post. The same rule will apply for Newcastle Malaysia as well. Even if GMC gives it’s accreditation to NuMed Malaysia, it is not recognized anywhere else and the chances for the graduates to get an internship post in UK is almost NIL as mentioned in their own website and here (see page 9 and B9). The situation in UK is not much difference from in Australia.
Even my nurse aid (STPM leaver and doing part-time degree in UTM) is smart enough to tell me that we are going to have surplus of doctors. This is exactly what she said:
“Doctor, saya nampak banyak sangat buat medic sekarang. I tengok hari itu, banyak orang Malaysia dekat Newcastle. Bolehke dia orang dapat kerja nanti? Sekarang banyak graduate jururawat yang takade kerja. 2 orang customer care staff kita ada diploma nursing tapi takade kerja. So buat kerja customer care. Dekat kampung saya, semua orang yang saya kenal and saudara saya, ada family member yang buat medic. Senang sangat ke masuk medic sekarang ini?”
Well, that sum up what mess we are going to get into soon. Politicians will always tell you sweat things. No one bothers about quality, only quantity! Almost 5-6 years ago, they said the same thing about nurses and we can see what is happening now. I know many families who felt cheated by the nursing colleges. They were promised guaranteed job. I know some parents who are suing some nursing colleges for the false information that was given to them but I can tell you that they will never win the case. This is because no college or university guarantees you a job. The university/college is RM 60 000 richer but you are RM 60 000 poorer and in debt (PTPTN loan)!
Welcome to Bolehland’s human resource planning…………….
I have said it, our Ex-DG have said it, our Ex-Health Minister have said it, MMC council members have said it, MMA have said it, any right thinking Malaysian doctors have said it BUT our politicians says that our ETP is the best……………. WTH.
Nor Mohamed: Govt confident there will be no oversupply of professionals by 2020
By DERRICK VINESH
KEPALA BATAS: The Government is confident that there would not be an oversupply of professionals when Malaysia attains a developed nation status by 2020.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said careful planning had been made to strike a balance between the demand and supply of professionals.
“There would be an oversupply if we do not plan well.
“But, we at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Human Resources Ministry always plan ahead,” he said after opening Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS)-Maybank Education Fund for Medicine at Kompleks Budi Penyayang here Sunday.
Nor Mohamed said the Government had identified the demand for professionals in the various sectors through its transformation programmes such as the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that was initiated in 2009 to catapult the country to a high-income nation by 2020.
“We know with a very good estimate the type of jobs that will be created, the amount of jobs created and the skills that will be required.
“So, all that we have to do is to make sure that the professionals and the skilled workers created match roughly with the demand,” he said.
Sensing the need for vocationally trained workers by 2020, Nor Mohamed said the government had initiated necessary measures, including by bringing vocational education to the mainstream of the education syllabus.
Previously, he said, vocational training was often treated like a stepchild, but not anymore now.
“For example, a welder who completes step one to step six of his training could earn about RM2,000 a month.But, his salary could go up to RM9,000, if he completed step seven.
“This is what we are trying to do, by upgrading our skilled workers’ qualifications,” he said.
He noted that almost 60 percent of the students who entered the job market in Germany were vocationally trained.
Earlier, in his speech, Nor Mohamed said the country would need 16,000 doctors in the public sector by 2020, taking into account a 1:600 doctor-population ratio.
At present, he said, there were 29 medical faculties in public higher learning institutions and 18 such faculties in private higher learning institutions that produced a total of 2,000 doctors a year.
Nor Mohamed congratulated AUCMS for emerging as the first private university to come up with a RM125mil Education Fund for Medicine that would be offered to those pursuing medical degrees in the university.
No oversupply of doctors
Last updated on 8 October 2012 – 08:46am
Aaron Ngui email@example.com
KEPALA BATAS (Oct 7, 2012): The government has given an assurance that the country would not face a situation where there would be an oversupply of doctors in future.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said proper manpower planning by the government would ensure that such a scenario would not happen.
He said the government is in control of the situation as it could obtain an estimate of the manpower needs via the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the various Entry Point Projects (EPP).
He said the information derived from the ETP and EPP would enable the government to gauge how many skilled workers were required and thus train enough people to meet demand.
“The trick is to make sure that supply equals demand,” he said at a press conference today after launching the Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS)-Maybank Medical Education Fund.
Under the RM125 million fund, some 5,000 medical science students are eligible to receive up to RM300,000 each to pursue their studies.
Also present at the launching were AUCMS president Prof Datuk Dr Zainuddin Wazir and Maybank president and CEO Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.
The country currently has 47 public and private medical schools producing about 2,000 medical graduates annually. The government aims to have a ratio of one doctor for every 597 and one nurse for every 200 persons by 2015.
In October last year, the then Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president, Dr Mary Suma Cardosa had reportedly said the number of doctors in Malaysia was increasing too fast.
If the situation was not checked, she had warned, doctors may find themselves needing to be retrained as nurses in order to find jobs, citing the Philippines as an example.
The spectre of too many doctors in Malaysia was raised in 2010 by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek who reportedly said that there would be an oversupply of doctors in five to six years time.
Chua, a former health minister, had said students who wish to pursue medicine should be aware of this trend since the subject is a top choice for those seeking places in public universities.
About 8,000 graduates from nursing colleges are jobless
KUALA LUMPUR: About 8,000 graduates from nursing institutions, especially those from private colleges, are jobless and the Human Resource Ministry is searching for solutions.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that a study by the Health Ministry showed that 8,000 graduates who pursued nursing courses were jobless, especially those from private nursing institutions
“The Human Resource Ministry and the Health ministry will hold discussions to find a way to resolve the problem,” he told reporters after handing out appreciation letters to 60 private college nursing graduates who secured jobs through the My Career Fair 2012 organised by the Special Implementation Task Force at Wisma Perkeso here on Monday.
Subramaniam urged the nurses to accept employment opportunities outside private hospitals.
“Among places that require their service are old folk’s homes, child care centres and centres for people with special needs,” he said.
Subramaniam said the My Career Fair 2012, which held open interviews for graduates in the medical sectors, featured employers like Sime Darby Medical Centre, Pantai Cheras Hospital, Hospital Pantai Ampang, Hospital Damai and Assunta Hospital. – Bernama