The Hartal Doktor Kontrak (HDK) movement has thanked Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after contract doctors are now eligible to apply for specialist training under the Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan (HLP) sponsorship.
In a statement issued yesterday (15 January), HDK said contract doctors can now pursue a specialisation in their respective fields of interest under the HLP.
“YB Khairy Jamaluddin had indeed proven his mettle and determination to solve this issue that had plagued the contract doctors for the past five years,”
“We also hope that the terms and conditions to apply for HLP will be ironed out soon,” HDK said.
The group also expressed confidence that Khairy will take necessary actions to solve the other remaining issues faced by contract doctors, as conveyed during his meeting with Gerakan Hartal Doktor Kontrak on 21 September 2021.
The other issues include transparent criteria and selection for contract doctors to be absorbed into permanent posts, the need for equal perks and benefits similar to their permanent counterparts, such as time-based promotion, hazard leave, cancer leave, and other benefits that are currently unavailable to contract doctors.
There was also an issue of offering permanent posts with Employees’ Provident Fund contributions to all contract doctors by amending the Pension Act.
“We have the utmost confidence in YB Khairy Jamaluddin and his team in delivering the remaining of their promises for the sake of the junior doctors and Malaysia’s healthcare system in general,” HDK added.
The movement said they will continue to fight for the welfare and to be the catalyst in contract doctors’ issue.
Despite the other outstanding issues, this is a small win for the contract doctors and something worth celebrating for!