Health D-G says Finance Dept looking into unpaid Covid-19 allowances for Sg Buloh Hospital staff

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today said the Health Ministry is looking into allegations that some medical staff at certain public hospitals, including Sg Buloh Hospital, have not been paid their special allowances for treating Covid-19 patients for several months. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today said the Health Ministry is looking into allegations that some medical staff at certain public hospitals, including Sg Buloh Hospital, have not been paid their special allowances for treating Covid-19 patients for several months. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 25 — Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today said the Health Ministry is looking into allegations that some medical staff at certain public hospitals, including Sg Buloh Hospital, have not been paid their special allowances for treating Covid-19 patients for several months.

The Health director-general said he had only been made aware of the situation affecting the medical frontliners at some hospitals.

“I just got to know it and have informed the Finance Department to look into it.

“I was told it was not all the hospitals, but some officers, and I was told the submission of the claims were not complete.

“I think we need to look into the details and facilitate this as soon as possible as this is not right to our officers on the ground, especially the frontliners,” he said at his press conference on the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.

Yesterday, medical news site CodeBlue published an anonymous letter by a medical officer in Sungai Buloh Hospital who claimed that the staff has yet to receive their Covid-19 frontliner and on-call allowances for June.

The medical officers, who were relocated to the hospital in March as the country’s centre for Covid-19, have also allegedly not received their relocation allowance.

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