When there is a glut of medical officers
The usual “supply and demand” rule of the market will apply. Previously, Government medical officers were enjoying a remarkable RM80/hour (considerably above the market locum doctor rates to the envy of private GPs) for extended OPD hours but now it seems, there may be a “shift system” for the MOs manning Government OPDs. As the doctors work in shifts, the question of “overtime” allowance does not arise, saving the Government money. Pagavalan has blogged about the news. It allegedly is a pilot project which may be extended to other Government clinics in the future.
Is it “harrassment” for the Government doctors?
Hello… the GPs have been doing this all along with clinic hours going into the night and 24 hour clinics as well. Like the HOs, shift duty is coming to the MOs since the supply of MOs is less of a problem and will continue to be so in the future.
I guess the way for the Government MOs to earn more now is to do private locums outside their shift duty hours – and at market rates.
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