Singapore is currently facing an increase number of daily Covid-19 cases and the nation is in need of health professionals to help maintain its healthcare system.
According to FMT, a hospital group in Singapore had allegedly sent out messages on social media to woo medical officers from Malaysia to work on the island on contract basis.
Apart from offering an attractive salary upon conversion to the Malaysian currency, Singapore is said to be processing the necessary documents for Malaysian doctors to be employed there urgently too.
“Quarantine, work permit and Singapore Medical Council licensing will be fast tracked so that they can start work immediately. Graduates from non-MoH (ministry of health) approved medical schools can also apply.” the viral message said.
The message also said that those interested are required to have at least 3 years of experience in the field.
Meanwhile, checks performed by FMT with the contact person named in the message confirmed that the offer is from the HMI Group, a regional private healthcare provider with a presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
HMI Group is also offering medical officers a monthly salary of S$3,500 (≈RM10,800) for 4 days of work with a 12-hour shift.
“Thereafter, S$300 (≈RM925) will be paid for each additional 12-hour shift that they take on for the month. In addition, S$10 (≈RM30) will be paid for every telemedicine consultation performed.” it added.
The contract is said to have a minimum tenure of 6 months, with the possibility of longer term arrangements based on the performance of the doctors.
“They must be prepared to care for Covid-19 patients in an in-patient setting. Training and PPE (personal protective equipment) will be given. Assistance with housing will also be provided.” they added.
These medical officers will be assigned to Covid-19 recovery centres and treatment facilities, according to HMI Group.
Singapore is currently has 1,651 cases that are currently warded in hospitals, where 327 requiring respiratory assistance and 66 in the intensive care unit.
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