Contract doctors movement hopes KJ keeps promise to solve problems in 100 days

‘Discussions towards finding a solution will continue.’

The Hartal Doktor Kontrak (HDK) movement today (Srpt 22) said it will give some room to the newly minted Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to address the plight of government contract doctors.

HDK spokesperson Dr Mustapha Kamal A Aziz told Malaysiakini that they have briefed Khairy about issues faced by the contract doctors during yesterday’s virtual meeting, and they will continue to have discussions towards finding a solution.

“So far, nothing has been agreed upon (in yesterday’s meeting). We only briefed the minister on contract doctor issues, suggested some ideas to him and exchanged our views.

“We will have a follow-up meeting. By then we hope that we can get the blueprint ready,” he said, referring to a plan that is being discussed by HDK and the ministry.

It was reported yesterday that Khairy held a virtual meeting with the movement of contract doctors behind the nationwide strike back in July. Khairy gave the group his commitment to look into every aspect they raised and to work towards finding a better solution.

The meeting, held for about 1.5 hours, was joined by some 20 contract doctors, plus Health Ministry officials, including the ministry’s director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and secretary-general Mohd Shafiq Abdullah.

Mustapha believed Khairy should be given some time to understand the issues, which have been there since 2016.

“We hope Khairy will stay true to his words, that he will solve the issues within 100 days in office,” the doctor added, referring to Khairy’s key performance indicator (KPI) promise.

The HDK movement has been gaining momentum since July, with contract healthcare workers organising a nationwide strike on July 26 by staging a walkout from their duties.

The contract healthcare workers demanded solutions to the shortcomings of the contract system that had been in force since 2016, such as poor job security and uncertain career prospects.

By : HARIZ MOHD – MALAYSIAKINI

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