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02 September 2010

Aku dan Houseman Zaman Sekarang

Kalau semua orang berfikiran macam ini,
semua doktor berpusat di Klang Valley sahaja gamaknya.
Hasrat kerajaan untuk mengurangkan nisbah doktor:pesakit
di Sabah dan Sarawak pasti takkan kesampaian.
Senang aje kalau nak stay kat Klang Valley.
Satu, kena ada cable besar di kementerian
dan dua, kahwin awal sebelum habis posting.
Kerajaan memang tak dapat nak menurut permintaan semua orang
kerana kalau diturutkan semuanya,
banyak hospital2 luar bandar kosong dan sentiasa kekurangan doktor.

Let docs be near family

MY SON has just completed his internship at a government hospital in the Klang Valley. Upon completion of his internship, much to our dismay, he received a directive from the Health Ministry to report to East Malaysia within 30 days to continue his service as a doctor.

Appeal letters by my son requesting to be posted nearer to home seems to have fallen on deaf ears. As an aged father and a taxpayer, I would naturally prefer to have my children around me in my twilight years.

I am upset with the ministry for posting my son to a state situated so far away and would require air travel merely for visits. I have just suffered a heart attack and my doctors have told me that I am unfit for constant air travel in my current condition.

Further inquiries revealed that a large percentage of young doctors who are newly qualified from the Klang Valley have been posted to Sabah and Sarawak. Their appeals sometimes even with valid reasons have also fallen on deaf ears.

This trend worries me as these decisions often impact family dynamics and have implications far beyond merely moving one person away from his or her family. While the ministry should be lauded for producing more capable young doctors and looking into the problem of shortages of doctors outside the Klang Valley, I believe these measures of sending all of our young newly qualified doctors out should be tempered with the realisation that these young people are someone’s husband, wife, son or daughter and they have duties beyond just serving their patients. I would like to appeal to the ministry to reconsider this strategy.

My son has worked hard as a junior doctor for the past two years with frequent lengthy night shifts, often with only a few hours of sleep or none at all. The only thing these young doctors look forward to is being together with their family to have a meal during the weekends when they are off duty. And the only way a family can get together on weekends is when they are working at least within the Klang Valley and are somewhere closer to home. A move to send all these doctors to the two states for a further three to five years will render this impossible. I am sure other parents, whose sons or daughters are in a similar situation, feel the same way.

I also believe the choice of placement should be to some extent decided by our young doctors. A fair system of appeal should be in place where those with valid reasons should be given consideration. After all, it is also the duty of doctors to look after their aged parents, families and siblings too.

Bandar Sunway.

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