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UNAIR NEWS – To get aspirations from the education institution and health policy makers at regional level, commission IX House of Representatives (DPR) made a visit in Universitas Airlangga on Friday, March 24. Their visit was to discuss The President’s Regulation Number 4 in 2017 regarding Medical Specialist Compulsory Practice(WKDS).

The specific work visit about WKDS was led by Chairman of Commission IX Dede Yusuf with 15 members. Besides DPR delegation, there was UNAIR Rector, Vice Rector I UNAIR, Dean of FK UNAIR, Director of UNAIR Hospital, Head of Indonesian Doctor Association (IDI) of East Java, Head of Health Agency of East Java, Head of East Java Employment Agency, and delegation of Ministry of Health.

Dede said that there is an uneven distribution in regions with great issues. He said that the most medical specialists were assigned in West Java with 9,000 doctors, followed with East Java with 6,000 doctors and Central Java with 5,000 doctors.

“In regions like Papua and NTT ( East Nusa Tenggara), the medical specialists were very limited. The most important thing is the distribution to regions with critical need.   That is why the government should intervene. The program was supported by a president regulation,” said Dede.

To get inputs regarding the WKDS program, the DPR delegation has visited three universities, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Universitas Hasanuddin, and UNAIR, because there are complaints  regarding the WKDS program implementation.

Welcoming the DPR delegation, UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mochammad Nasih, said that in principle, UNAIR will support the program. “Universitas Airlangga welcomes well the compulsory program for medical specialists. We will provide the best service to society especially in the remote rural area,” stated Nasih.

Director of UNAIR Hospital, Prof. Dr. Nasronuddin, also responded the president regulation. According to Prof. Nasron, the regulation has a positive intention to distribute doctors evenly in the rural areas. But, he also asked the government to consider the need of teaching hospitals which have been built before the regulation.

“Some buildings have been built, but they are not operational. The problems are the human resources. In UNAIR Hospital, 50 percent of the resources were local honorary workers,” added Nasron.

In agreement with Prof. Nasron, Head of health Agency of East Java, Kohar Hari Santoso, admitted that even East Java was one of some regions with high quantity, he also said that there are still some areas need some medical specialist. The problem was the number of human resources. Therefore, he asked East Java to be included as the doctors’ destination of WKDS.

“We have a hospital in Bawean. The infrastructure is ready but the human resources are not. We have informed this to the Ministry of Health whether we can be included for WKDS program,” said Kohar.

President JokoS Widodo has issued a President regulation Number 4 in 2017 regarding Medical Specialists Compulsory Practice. The specialist doctors obliged to join the program were the ones graduated after January 4, 2017. The government will give incentives from Rp 20 million to Rp 80 million for medical specialists working in 144 hospitals suggested as the WKDS placements.

Author: Defrina Sukma S

Editor: Nuri Hermawan

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