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Issue of over supply of Medical Grads
The problem of unequal supply and demand in medical graduates may not be resolved in the next 5 or ten years, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam.
As such, he expects the moratorium on new medical courses and institutions, which was imposed by the Government in 2011, to continue for at least another five years. The purpose is to deal with the issue of placement and excess supply.
Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who was present at the event, said the freeze was also aimed at increasing the number of specialists in the country.
He believes that existing medical colleges should focus more on postgraduate education instead. There is also an urgent need to address the oversupply of graduates from foreign institutions because there was an influx of future doctors from 32 local institutions and over 360 medical programmes overseas, he further stressed.
Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip said the moratorium should be indefinite. “If there are fewer housemen, they will be better trained. Any review of the moratorium should only be done when the number of new doctors drops below 3,000 a year, for at least three years running.” he said.
According to Health Ministry statistics, 2015 saw 4,140 graduates taking up housemen duty. There are 10,835 house officers attached to 44 government hospitals nationwide now.
Source : The Star
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