Negri Sembilan Chinese Maternity Hospital and Medical Centre allowed to admit patients again

SEREMBAN: The Health Ministry has lifted a two-month suspension prohibiting the 82-year-old Negeri Sembilan Chinese Maternity Hospital and Medical Centre (NSCMH) from admitting patients.

It is understood that ministry officials, who issued the order on Nov 20 last year, gave the go-ahead to the NSCMH management in Putrajaya this morning.

It is learnt, however, that the hospital, which underwent a RM30mil upgrading in recent years but was told to suspend its inpatient services after it ran foul of the law, will only be allowed to take in a limited number of inpatients for the time being.

The numbers will be increased once the private hospital is able to fill the vacancies for resident doctors.

The ministry had ordered the hospital to stop admitting patients as it did not have any resident specialist.

It has also been learnt that some of the hospital’s doctors have resigned after they were not paid for months.

A ministry audit team had also, during inspections, found that the hospital’s management had violated several other conditions under the Private Healthcare and Facilities Act, including not forming a Medical Advisory Committee and allowing
non-medical personnel to intervene in patients’ clinical management.

The hospital was first issued with a show cause letter on Sept 18 last year and given a period of 21 days to rectify shortcomings.

The management responded on Sept 24 but failed to prove that the areas of concern were being dealt with in a satisfactory manner.

The former president of the NSCMH, Datuk Nellie-Tan Wong and her team stepped down last month to make way for the new team.

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