Malaysian doctors, particularly houseman officers (HO) will enjoy a new salary revision which will also see automatic grade promotion upon the completion of 2-year housemanship beginning 2010. The new salary scale will effectively convert into the doubling of the present salary scale. From The Star news:
PUTRAJAYA: At least 2,000 graduate house officers in government hospitals will get an automatic promotion to grade UD44 upon completion of their two-year housemanship in 2010. They will be getting at least RM6,000 including allowances every month, which is almost double what the present graduate house officers are getting on grade UD41.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the promotion exercise would cost RM1.7mil annually. He added that at least 7,000 doctors on grades UD41 and UD44, who were appointed before 2008, would also get their long overdue promotions. This would cost another RM9.8mil. He said many doctors had been stuck at UD41 for six to seven years and that they would be moved to the higher scale of UD44.
“Hopefully, this promotion exercise will indirectly encourage many doctors to remain in the civil service,” he said.
Dr Ismail denied allegations by certain parties that there were not enough opportunities for other races compared to Malays in the medical sector. He said that from 2000 to February this year, there were 2,085 specialists of whom 56% were Malays, Chinese (23.7%) and Indians (19.3% ). He said 55% of the specialists on grade UD48 were Malays, 23% Chinese and 18.2% Indians. As for UD54, it was 58% Malay, 21% Chinese and 16% Indian.
Of the specialists under special grade C, he said 51.1% were Malays and Chinese and Indians made up 24% each. As for those under special grade B, he said that 42% were Malays with the Chinese and Indians making up 24% and 34% respectively. – The Star.
While most doctors and the wannabe-doctors will welcome this news with open arms and tearful joy, few others are still reeling from the adverse psychological effect of being a health practitioner. I guess it is probably true that a doctor’s job (particularly housemanship officers) is the one of the most stressful jobs around. Yesterday, a suicidal doctor tried to take her own life by threatening to jump from the 6th floor of Alor Star Hospital.
Doctor becomes suicidal, The Star:
ALOR STAR: There was drama at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here when a lady doctor sat on the ledge of the sixth floor and threatened to jump. It is learnt that the doctor, in her 20s, became distressed after an argument with a colleague at about 8am.
A security guard, who saw the doctor sitting on the ledge outside at 9.55am, called out to her to go back into the doctor’s restroom. Hospital security then summoned the police. A squad from the Fire and Rescue Department also sped there.
Police and firemen tried coaxing the doctor for nearly an hour, with other doctors also joining in the effort. By that time, a large crowd of onlookers had gathered.
Firemen tried to approach her on a sky lift, but the doctor threatened to jump. Officials said the distressed doctor, who was clad in jeans and a long-sleeved blouse, had a penknife and had told them that she wanted to “release tension.”
At about 11am, a policeman went up and handed the doctor a cell phone. The doctor then made a call and was talking to someone when a fireman came and grabbed her from behind.
Hospital director Dr Che Pah Ahmad said the doctor would be given counseling. [Photo: Harian Metro]