Noting this current trend of preferring to be based in big centres, he said the young doctors were known to appeal against postings outside the big cities.
With this kind of attitude, it was impossible to provide equitable medical service for the Malaysian population, he said.
"Young doctors must, therefore, be ready and capable of adapting to serve in areas needed by the public to create an equal distribution of healthcare.
"It is crucial for future generations of doctors to have greater understanding of the expectations of the rakyat, not only in the city but also nationwide so that the people could enjoy accessible and affordable healthcare to keep them in optimal health.
"Unfortunately, not many of our young doctors today are ready for this challenge due to the fast changing modern and technological society," he said in his keynote address at the inaugural Pre-Medical Student Conference 2010 organised by Kolej Mara Banting at the Prince Court Medical Centre here yesterday.
Dr Ismail's speech was delivered by the Health Ministry's disease control deputy director, Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar.
Quoting examples, the Health D-G said there was still an inequitable distribution of doctors between the rural and urban areas as well as the public and private sectors, where some clinics in Sabah and Sarawak were still manned by medical assistants.
The one-day conference, attended by 107 participants from Kolej Mara Banting and other institutes, was aimed at preparing medical students for the challenges of the medical world. -- Bernama.
So..why do you want to be a doctor, then?
journalists also want to be based in big cities.
teachers too, sales execs, nurses, factory managers. even my mother.
who the heck wanna be based in the boondocks and eat at hawker stall beside smelly longkang in kampung?
we prefer to eat at hawker stall beside smelly longkang IN A BIG CITY! so there.
u talk much ah, wait i ask NST send u to perlis then u know. hahaha.
If my brush with doctors at private hospitals are anything to go by, the main driving force to become a doctor is money and prestige. And where more to get both than in the heart of town.
I say, man...you really Singapore loyar buruk, daaa. LOL.
Actually, I old already, cannot send send me anywhere. But if NST wants to send me to Perlis, i accept.
last time when i signed my job contract (in 1978), i must rela to be transferred anywhere. in fact, i askd my bosses to transfer me out of KL. they refused.
Don't know what the fuss is all about. Of course anybody who studied their brains out would like the best for their hard work. Weren't we taught this in school? That the brightest kids were rewarded and respected? You didn't study hard and given a D right? So, these docs were only doing what was naturally learnt.
Also, donno why a certain newspaper chose to highlight today (23 Dec 2010) that a certain individual spent about 230 days overseas.
Ask ourselves, if we had an opportunity to be overseas more, would we do it? Of course la.
I think this young doctors are so pampered. If I were in their shoes I would love to go to the most ulu places. Go where you are needed most!
This is a noble profession, get your priorities right !
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