Following the #HartalDoktorKontrak strike on Monday (26 July), a representative from the group, Dr Mustapha warns of another strike in the coming future if their demands to be offered permanent positions were not met before the Budget 2022 is tabled in the Parliament.
The #HartalDoktorKontrak organiser said that the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba’s previous promise for the government to deliberate the matter in 2 years but this is too long for the group due to the political instability in this country.
“We do allow them to discuss and come up with a plan, although Dr Adham said he requires two years. I think two years is too long given the political instability in our country.” Dr Mustapha said.
“Because of this political instability, we want to watch what is happening and the episodes unfolding in regards to the government. So, it may take some time for them to respond.”
“If they do not respond before the Belanjawan, most probably we will proceed with the strike.” he said in a press conference, cited by Malay Mail.
Meanwhile, another representative from the group, Dr Syed said that they are currently in talks with the Malaysia Trades Union Congress (MTUC) and the Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (Cuepacs) to set up a proper union for the junior doctors.
“We have met with MTUC and Cuepacs to find out what is the best way for the union.”
“We professional workers can’t have union but we saw contract junior doctors from UD41 to 44 pay grade can have union, will have the benefit and raise the issue of future doctors plight so with the union.”
They said that this is a better way to voice out for their demands, rather than relying on the Malaysia Medical Association (MMA). They said that there is an age gap between them and the members from MMA, where they do not understand their problem entirely.
On the other hand, Dr Mustapha said that they have met with Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham to discuss about the walkout on Monday (26 July). Nonetheless, he said the group commended Noor Hisham for doing his best in administering the ministry.
The group also pledged their support for the #Lawan protest that happened yesterday (31 July).
“#Lawan is a very good cause but we do hope they follow the SOP and abide by the law.” they said.
The group had organised a strike on Monday (26 July), whereby hundred of contract doctors across the nation had staged a walkout from their respective hospitals calling for an equal treatment and career progression compared to their permanent colleagues.
On the same day, Dr Adham urge the authorities to not take disciplinary against the contract doctors who joined the strike. However, the contract doctors from MAEPS have been called up to help in the investigation for the media who allegedly trespass the premise.
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