Shwe Man, the chairman of Myanmar’s Pyithu Hluttaw or House of Representatives, announced this week that 1,500 medical students of the total 6,000 graduates who are currently unemployed will be enlisted in the public service.
He said they will be appointed to vacant positions as assistant doctors in Myanmar this year.
Shwe Man made the comments at a meeting with Chief Minister of Yangon Myint Swe, the Mayor of Yangon, officers from the health department, members of the Myanmar Doctors Association and of the Myanmar Medical Association.
Every year, about 2,400 students graduate from Myanmar medical schools. Since 2010, the government has only enlisted 500 to 1,000 students each year. Employment rates vary and, until now, the highest rate was still less than 50 percent.
Professor Dr. Chit Soe from the medical department at Yangon General Hospital says that the batch of medical students that graduated from 2010 to 2012 are currently unemployed as there is a scant amount of vacant positions available in both the private and public sectors.
“New graduates only have a chance of employment if the current staff resign,” he told Mizzima.
As per the previous system, doctors were allowed to resign after three years of public service, opening up positions for new graduates. However, that regulation was altered some years ago when a stipulation was added that doctors are not allowed to resign until retirement.
For over a decade, assistant doctors were appointed directly by the Ministry of Health; however since September 2011, they have been appointed via the Union Public Service Commission.
Due to a lack of transparency in the process of appointing doctors, 80 doctors have since sent a petition requesting changes to the employment regulations to President Thein Sein.