The Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali has said that there were more than 1,700 government doctors who had resigned over the last four years.
In addition, the Deputy Health Minister he also said that based on the Health Ministry’s records, between 2017 and June this year, a total of 1,497 contract medical officers had resigned.
He said this in response to a question raised by Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PH-Kuala Selangor) in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (29 November).
Dr Noor Azmi said that there were 110 medical officer who resigned in 2017, 168 in 2018, 475 in 2019 and 511 in 2020.
“From January to November this year, there are 514 contract medical officers who resigned their posts.” he said, adding that more than half of them (281) resigned between July and November this year.
Dr Noor Azmi also said he noted the several reasons given by the doctors who resigned.
Among which were to work at private medical facilities or those managed by statutory bodies.
“Some resigned to further their studies or were facing health issues.”
“Others resigned as they migrated while some chose to leave to open their own private clinics.” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly also asked if the Ministry plans to include more specialist disciplines under the National Specialist Registry.
“There are medical officers who pursued their master’s degrees or PhDs yet are still not recognised under the national registry.”
“Among them are clinical research physicians and medical law (specialists).” Dr Dzulkefly said.
The Deputy Health Minister said the Ministry is currently setting up a special committee to look into such matters, adding that they will engage with young doctors to better understand the issues they faced.