Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:18:54 GMT | By Shaza Dzulkifly

Najib announces new promotion plans for doctors, dentists and pharmacists

Good news for doctors, dentists and pharmacists serving in the public sector.


Najib announces faster promotion plan (© AP File Photo)

Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced a comprehensive career advancement plan for this group on Tuesday.

This plan will expedite their promotion to Grade 54 between two to five years.

According to a Malaysian newspaper The Star, Najib said that the initiative was aimed at improving their career advancement by promoting them within a shorter time frame.

For instance, medical specialists can progress to Grade 54 in nine years instead of eleven years now. Clinical or administrative medical officers can move up in twelve years now instead of seventeen.

This career advancement scheme will cost RM200 million annually.

Najib said that "following this move, the government hopes that doctors, dentists and pharmacists in the Health Ministry will continue to provide excellent service to the people."

He said that the Public Service Department and the ministry were working out the promotion of eligible Grade UD44 medical officers to Grade UD48.

The majority would be promoted by the end of March 2010.

The improvement was in recognition of the role and contributions of healthcare providers. He said that this would also enhance their commitment and determination to raise the level of service at government hospitals.

The prime minister said that on Dec 5 2007, the government agreed to promote directly to Grade UD44 medical officers appointed from Jan 1 2008 onwards, soon after completing their two-year houseman ship and having registered with the Malaysian Medical Council.

Medical officers appointed prior to Jan 1 2008 were promoted to Grade UD44 in 2009, an exercise that involved 9, 871 medical officers.

The career advancement plan is as follow:

  • Promotion to Grade 48 for doctors and dentists who have been on Grade 44 for three years or up to the date of gazetting as specialists, whichever is earlier; and for pharmacists who have been on Grade 44 for four years.
  • Promotion to Grade 52 for clinical or administrative doctors and dentists who have been on Grade 48 for four years or subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier; also for medical specialists and dental specialists who have been on Grade 48 for two years or subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier, and subject to recommendation of the Specialists' Evaluation Panel of the Health Ministry, and pharmacists who have been on Grade 48 for four years or subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier.
  • Promotion to Grade 54 for clinical or administrative doctors and dentists who have been on Grade 52 for three years or subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier.

For medical specialists and dental specialists who have been on Grade 52 for three years or subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier, and subject to the recommendation of the Specialist Evaluation Panel.
For pharmacist who have been on Grade 52 for three years of subject to availability of vacant positions, whichever is earlier.

For medical specialists and dental specialists, the promotion from Grade 54 to Special Grade C and higher is subject to the recommendation of the ministry's Specialists Evaluation Panel.

For medical officers, dental officers and pharmacists, the promotion from Grade 54 to Special Grade C and higher is subjection to availability of vacant positions.

The prime minister said that based on the career advancement plan, the maximum period for doctors, dentists and pharmacists eligible to be promoted up to Grade 54 had been cut short.

The average period for promotion to Grade 54 is as follows:

  • Medical officers (Specialist) : nine years (now 11 years)
  • Dental officers (Specialist) : nine years (now 11 years)
  • Medical officers (Clinical/Administrative) : 12 years (now 17 years)
  • Dental officers (Clinical/Administrative) : 12 years (now 17 years)
  • Pharmacists : 14 years (now 17 years)
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