Singapore ‘woos’ Malaysian doctors to work in Covid-19 care centres
Published on: Monday, October 18, 2021
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The HMI group says quarantine, work permit and Singapore Medical Council licensing will be fast tracked so that they can start work immediately. (AP pic)
PETALING JAYA: Faced with an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore, a hospital group in the republic has sent out a message on social media inviting medical officers (MOs) from Malaysia to work there on a contract basis. 

Besides offering a reasonably attractive salary upon conversion to the Malaysian currency, the advertiser said all necessary documents required for Malaysian doctors to be employed in Singapore would be fast tracked. 

“Quarantine, work permit and Singapore Medical Council licensing will be fast tracked so that they can start work immediately. Graduates from non-MoH (ministry of health) approved medical schools can also apply,” the viral message said, adding that those interested were required to have at least three years of experience. 

Checks with the contact person named in the message confirmed that the offer is from the HMI Group, a regional private healthcare provider with a presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. 

According to the terms of the offer, the MOs will be paid a monthly salary of S$3,500 (RM10,796) for four days of work with a 12-hour shift. 

“Thereafter, S$300 (RM925) will be paid for each additional 12-hour shift that they take on for the month. In addition, S$10 (RM30) will be paid for every telemedicine consultation performed,” it added. 

HMI said the contract would be for a minimum of six months with the possibility of longer term arrangements based on the performance of the doctors. 

“They must be prepared to care for Covid-19 patients in an in-patient setting. Training and PPE (personal protective equipment) will be given. Assistance with housing will also be provided,” it added. 

A doctor who contacted the advertiser was told MOs would be assigned to Covid-19 recovery centres and treatment facilities. 

According to the health ministry of Singapore, 1,651 cases are currently warded in hospitals with 327 requiring respiratory assistance and 66 in the intensive care unit.

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