Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia`s Health Ministry has
said it will work directly with the Indian government to hire qualified medical specialists to help tackle the shortage of
doctors in this country.
Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said his ministry had
advertised in the foreign media for specialists but the
applicants were not very good, local media reported.
Apart from India, Malaysia will also work with the
governments of Egypt and Pakistan to hire qualified medical
specialists, he said.
Malaysia wants to project itself as a medical tourism hub
but lack of medical specialists in some areas is coming up as
an obstacle in this path.
"The doctors who replied to our advertisements were
qualified but many of them were sent back because of attitude
problems," the minister said.
"Of course, these doctors also had to go through an
interview locally. But, sometimes, they could not perform
according to our expectations," he said.
By working directly with the governments, "we would be
able to hire better doctors, as they would be vetted by both
the foreign and local governments," he said.
Liow said the Egyptian Health Ministry submitted a list
of 58 specialists who would be recruited to work in local
hospitals or medical facilities.
"The Egyptian government has given these specialists
sabbatical leave. So, many of them are more than willing to
leave their country and serve here," he said, adding that the
agreement was for these doctors to serve only for two years.
Liow said the same system would be applied to recruit
specialists from India and Pakistan.