The Health Ministry will appoint 2,600 medical, dental and pharmacy graduates to serve in the government sector on contractual basis from December.
Its minister Dr S Subramaniam said in line with the Budget 2017 announced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak yesterday, the government will introduce a contract system to them as well as to solve the problems of graduates who waited too long for placements.
"With the announcement yesterday, all the posts in this category (doctors, dentists and pharmacists) will be selected through contract system and we will suggest that doctors work for the government for at least four years while dentists and pharmacists can work up for three years under the contract," he told a press conference at the Penang MIC office today.
Subramaniam said the move could provide flexibility in recruitment in the future due to the number of contracts can be increased based on the need.
"So with this move, waiting period for doctors to get the placements will also be reduced.
"All of them will be given training according to their respective fields and we will provide sufficient time so that graduates acquire adequate experience and knowledge to assist them when leaving to work for the private sector or setting up their own practices," he said.
Meanwhile, commenting on other matters announced in the Budget 2017, Subramaniam said the government would increase the number of pre-schools in all Tamil national type schools (SJKT).
"Through a RM10 million allocation announced in Budget 2017 yesterday, we will add at least 50 Tamil pre-schools SJKT in the future," he said.
He also reminded the Indian community in the country to seize the opportunities and benefits announced in the budget, such as housing and training facilities.