Recently, a local artist has put the Health Ministry (KKM)’s disorganised manner of handling doctors’ transfers into a comic, at the same time, sharing how it affected his family and his wife who works as a medical officer awaiting her placement at a hospital outside Kuala Lumpur.
The comic begins by introducing himself as an artist and his wife as a “floating MO”, or medical officer, who has completed her housemanship and is waiting for the government to give a placement.
Siow shared that they were just married for less than a year and have been living in Kuala Lumpur since then. However, things change when his wife was told that she would be posted to Perak in a month’s time.
His wife received the notification in the middle of June and was told to report herself for duty on 18 July.
“But report where? We don’t know? Wanna rent a house also cannot,” Siow wrote.
Siow also share that it was a tough decision for them as they would need to uproot the whole family and move there for his wife’s career. However, what increases their anxiety is the lack of information from the ministry regarding the placement.
To make things worse, his wife was not told which hospital she will be sent to until a day before she is required to report for duty. A day later, she was given a confirmation letter to go to Ipoh Hospital but was only given 1 day to get ready to report for work.
Meanwhile, Siow also touched on the costs involved in the relocation and how it affected his own business and income. Nonetheless, he is still willing to make some sacrifices for his wife’s ambitions.
In the end, Siow shares that her wife’s case is not a single one and there are many MOs out there who are facing similar situations but had to face it alone and without family support.
“Being a doctor in Malaysia is a bad investment. Do you know how many MOs are experiencing the same situation as us, and maybe worse?”
“Do you know how many doctors have resigned because of placement? Malaysia keeps losing talents,” he wrote.
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