I hope you would consider taking some time off from your busy schedule running the country, and take some time to read this petty ramblings of mine. To date, I have been a citizen of Malaysia for the last 25 years, left the country sometime back to New Zealand for a short stint and just cant wait to head back home. Malaysia has always been the place where my heart is, where my blood is, and with current rumbles and tumbles, I will always hold Malaysia up high in my heart.
I was reading through the online version of one of the most circulated local daily, The Star, and cant help but to notice this article. The article is a very good news, from my point of view. Especially when we talk about the additional number of doctors and nurses that the Government is planning to hire. With the current H1N1 pandemic, I am certain this move, though was not quick enough, will prepare our nation, just in case anything unthink of would happen.
However, I would have to say, that hiring 5,000 more doctors and 5,000 more nurses, would not really tackle the major issue. I am not referring to the pandemic, but i am referring to the social welfare of the doctors and nurses currently practising in local hospitals. I am a proud husband of a doctor who is currently practising in one of the hospitals in Malaysia. She is a charm. She work herself off, enjoying it, and she won't give it up for the rest of the world. But, from my point of view, with the taxing schedule at work, balancing the hospital requirements and patients with a needy and clingy husband and a child (maybe soon!), I predict, when she finishes her bond with the Public Service Department, she will be prised away by the private hospitals, which will be able to provide her a less hectic schedule, bigger remuneration package, and a better lifestyle.
I have asked her opinion on working as a private practitioner, she is against it. She said "I owe the country a great deal of debt, and i dont mean financially." But how can that sentiment alone, would toughen her up when there are parties, ready to cater for the skills she owns with better benefits? I had an enjoyable moment reading how one of the top brass in your administration blew his top off at the Accident and Emergency Unit in one of the hospitals recently. Made me think, these doctors, are just waiting to be sniped by the authorities! It turned out the doctors that were told off by the top-shot, was just having a break from attending a patient, and one of them had just finished his shift. Talk about redemption.
I think the government needs to speed up the hiring process for doctors and nurses. Make it your a priority. And, refine the remuneration package. You are expecting them to work 10 hours daily, being efficient at the same time, with minimum amount of mistakes occurences, ( i mean, you're dealing with somebody's life, and limbs here.) but with the inflation rate, cost of living, you're giving them a rather small pay packet each month. Top service, cheap price. Isnt that what all we Malaysians after? Maybe we ought to change the mindset.
I have no intentions to offend, nor do i want to step on anybody's toes, but the plight of these wonderful people that we turn to while having bodysores, headache, and the people we depend on with our life, with scalpels, and torniquets in their hands, may need some attention. Maybe to provide handsome pay is not feasible to the nation's budget, but at least, make their working experience a pleasant one. I hope you would consider my suggestions, but hey, its just an opinion.
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