PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has denied issuing an order to shut down 1Malaysia clinics as alleged in viral social media posts.
Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah highlighted that 1Malaysia clinics are currently being reviewed to be rebranded as community clinics.
He said during the review process, the Ministry will examine whether to close certain clinics, upgrade others, or hire more medical officers and pharmacists.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the Ministry would look at low patient arrivals, the presence of other health facilities nearby, and high rental or operating costs as criteria for closure.
"The Health Ministry ... has yet to finalise or issue closing orders to any of the 1Malaysia clinics which have been identified.
"This is because the review process still needs to be ironed out before being finalised by the Health Ministry's top management," said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Tuesday (July 24).
"The decision on this matter will be made in the near future, and the Health Ministry guarantees that the process of any clinic closure will be conducted in an orderly manner to ensure the continuity of health services provided," he added.
Dr Noor Hisham was commenting on notices alleging several 1Malaysia clinics in Selangor would be closed down either on Aug 16 or Sept 1.
He reiterated that 1Malaysia clinics aim to improve healthcare access in urban areas, especially among low-income communities.
There are 347 1Malaysia clinics nationwide.