Minister working on resolving shortage of nurses

By S BIRRUNTHA / Pic by BERNAMA

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said he is working to resolve the issue involving shortage of nurses in the country.

According to him, the issue of lack of nurses is the most common complaint he received during a visit to a hospital recently.

“Recently, I went to Tunku Azizah Hospital (HTA) with Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. It was an advanced hospital but could not maximise its services due to lack of nurses.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) had expedited nurses to be sent to HTA and other hospitals across the country,” he said in a press conference after attending the International Nurses Day 2022 celebration in Putrajaya today.  

Khairy added that among others that he is working on is the status of contract nurses which involves a total of 3,469 people.

He noted that the ministry is also examining the status of nurses who have a degree but are still in the U29 grade, as well as community nurses who have taken the Promotion by Appointment (KPSL) course but have not been appointed to U29.  

Khairy said nurses play an important role in the country’s healthcare system and the backbone to the success of National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

Therefore, he stressed that the issue (shortage of nurses) needs to be addressed immediately to prevent a crisis in the future.