2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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The government has shot down a request from the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) for an increase in on-call allowances for doctors, saying it is bound by a 2019 service circular by the finance ministry and public services department (JPA).

In a written reply to MMA two weeks ago, the health ministry said the position of other services in relation to allowances and the financial position of the country must also be considered.

According to the ministry, it had submitted many applications and appeals to JPA in 2020 and last year but they were all rejected.

“At the moment, the government is of the view that the current on-call allowances are appropriate as doctors enjoy many other allowances. They are critical service allowance (RM750 monthly), specialist incentive (from RM2,200 to RM3,100 monthly), and locum allowance to work off-duty hours (RM80 per hour).

“Others are elective surgery allowance (RM200 for specialists and RM80 for medical officers per hour) and for hospital administration (RM1,520 to RM2,480 per month according to grades),” the ministry said in the letter sighted by FMT.

The MMA has been pushing for a raise as the on-call rates have been stagnant for a decade.

At a town hall meeting with health minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa last February, MMA had proposed a 178% increase in doctors’ weekend on-call claims to RM25 an hour from the current rate which it claimed worked out to an hourly rate of RM9.16.

However, the ministry disputed the rate stated, saying dividing the daily on-call allowance of RM220 (the rate for public holidays and weekends) by 24 hours was not accurate.

Doctors in public healthcare noted that their counterparts in Singapore are paid SG$60 an hour for on-call duty.

On another matter, the health ministry also rejected an appeal by government doctors to take into consideration the number of years they had served as contract doctors to calculate their retirement benefits including pension.

It said contract doctors were entitled for a gratuity payment each time they completed their contracts or were appointed as permanent officers.

“Their years of contract service is also taken into account when they are considered for time-based promotions,” it added. – FMT