The Hartal Doktor Kontrak, or called a general strike, which started yesterday on 26th July will continue to press the government to meet the group’s demands, according to doctors who took part in the strike.
More than 100 contract doctors from every hospital in the country joined the Hartal Doktor Kontrak movement for a peaceful rally to highlight several demands to the government.
The Hartal Doktor Kontrak movement had issued a three-week ultimatum to the government on the 1st of July, when Code Black was held, to offer permanent positions to all contract doctors and to publish a clear selection criteria.
The strike is being held, among other things, to demand a fair career path for contract doctors and be entitled to the same benefits as permanent medical officers.
The campaign prioritises not only contract doctors’ working conditions, but also the fight to defend our health-care system.
Justice for contract doctors is justice for the Malaysian health care system.
Meanwhile, it is asserted that this campaign will not disrupt patient care, but rather will be an expression of frustration and suffering among those who have worked tirelessly to care for the general public especially during this pandemic.
Here are a few doctors who support the campaign and are hoping for a change;
Addressing the issue of government contract workers necessitates a significant shift in policy, not only in terms of defining what it means to be a “contract worker,” but also in terms of rationalising the entitlements and compensation of permanent public sector employees.
Just bear in mind that if the exhaustion and struggles of our frontline workers are not addressed and taken seriously, we are more likely to suffer a medical collapse in the fight against the pandemic. What are your thoughts on the matter?