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Roundtable: Human capital for healthcare in Malaysia

A long queue waiting at the crowded Penang General Hospital - ANIL NETTO/FILE PHOTO

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A group of organisations – Citizens’ Health Initiative, Third World Network, Health Equity Initiatives, Parti Sosialis Malaysia and Agora Society – have come together as the People’s Health Forum to create a space where important healthcare issues can be discussed, options explored and a consensus built as to the way forward for the Malaysian healthcare system.

So far roundtable discussions have been held on 12 June 2019 and 7 August focusing on:

  • leveraging the private sector to deliver better healthcare to the Malaysian public
  • healthcare financing – options for Malaysians

About the roundtable

The third roundtable of this series will be on human capital for healthcare in Malaysia. Malaysia’s Ministry of Health is the second biggest ministry with 268,021 posts in 2017. In 2015 our public sector handled 60% of all outpatient consultations and 75% of all inpatient admissions, using 76% of all doctors and 56% of all specialists.

But news reports in the mainstream media on insufficient funding for paediatric services, the shortage of medical specialists in the public sector and the high number of unemployed medical graduates illustrate there are many unresolved issues.

This roundtable will seek an understanding of the issues that surround the human resources for health in the public and private sectors and the way forward.

  • Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019                      
  • Time: 8.45am – 5.15pm
  • Venue: The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), 1 Jalan Maharajalela, Kampung Attap, 50150 Kuala Lumpur

Admission is free, and a simple lunch will be provided. The agenda for the day is as follows:

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9am – 10.30am
Improving medical education in Malaysia
Medical education and the HO glut    Paramedic training  Dr David Quek  
Prof Siti Rabikhatun
11am – 12.30pm
Brain drain from government hospitals  
Improving terms of service? The view from SCHOMOS  
The Full-Paying Patients scheme and other measures to retain government specialists  
Brain drain in Penang
Dr Arvindran Alaga
Dr Kamraj
Dr Lim Chee Han
1.30pm – 3pm
Enhancing primary care    
Involving the general practitioners
Strengthening the public sector
Dr Mohammad Husni
Dr Safura Jafar
3.30pm – 5pm Community care    Taking care to the communityDr Amar Singh
Singapore speaker (TBC)

We hope you will attend and share your views on these important issues. Please inform us of your intention to participate by emailing us at [email protected] which will help us in our preparations.

Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj

People’s Health Forum

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