....in our hospitals?
I'm talking about our medical graduates who were on government scholarships.
This is not a new problem and one that has never been easy to overcome.
One overriding factor for their reluctance to return home to serve in our hospitals, is, of course, money. Another is the terms and conditions of service, I reckon.
That is, if things have not changed for our government doctors and specialists.
Years ago, my colleague (at the NST), Sulochini Nair, wrote about the brain-drain in the country, in particular, among doctors.
She discovered that among Malaysian public servants, doctors practising in hospitals, were the worst off.
Surprising, because medical students were (still are) the creme de la creme of our school-leavers and would have spent more number of years at university (than other undergrads) but were not being given due recognition in service.
This was in comparison with other sectors in the civil service.
I'm not sure if medical officers still have horrendous working hours -- like working 48 hours non-stop (quick meal breaks in between).
However, doctors in public health (not practising in hospitals) were better off in terms of salaries and conditions of service including prospects of promotion.
Now, this was in the 80s. I'm not sure if the situation has improved for them.
I was prompted to write about this after reading a report here.