No action to be taken against doctors on strike

HEALTH minster Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that no disciplinary action will be taken against contract medical doctors (MO) who participated in the walkout yesterday.

Dr Adham said this in Dewan Rakyat special sitting today, adding that permanent decisions will be given to these contract doctors.

Former health minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the government will get the opposition’s support if the comprehensive proposals on the matter, including extending the  contract for the medical doctors from two to eight years.

The Malaysian Reserve reported this morning that MO went on with their strike despite the presence of police officers at hospitals and warnings received from authorities, as well as the short-term solution offered by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) ahead of the strike.

According to Hartal Doktor Kontrak’s Twitter account, among the hospitals involved in the day-long walkout included Selayang Hospital, Hospital Besar Melaka, Shah Alam Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and Sungai Buloh Hospital.

All of those on strike were dressed in black and walked out of their respective hospitals at 11am, holding placards that said “Hartal Doktor Kontrak”. Most of them protested during their break period and continued to carry out their normal responsibilities after.

Yesterday, the Malaysian Health Coalition called for no arrests to be made for the doctors who proceeded with the walkout.

In a statement, the group said although it took no official position on the walkout, it supported the contract doctors’ objectives which mainly included comprehensive long-term solutions for the country’s human resources for health, fair employment terms for the officers, and sufficient doctors, dentists and pharmacists in the country to run the healthcare system. –-TMR/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL