KUALA LUMPUR: The final reports on three key issues concerning the Health Ministry will be tabled at the next Cabinet meeting, said its minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
The three reports pertain to the revamp of the 1Malaysia Clinics, sexual harassment cases involving graduate medical officers and the proposed increase in the rate of consultation fees of medical practitioners and doctors at private hospitals and clinics.
Dr Dzulkefly said based on the proposals, 33 out of the 346 1Malaysia Clinics nationwide would be closed in stages.
“The balance of the 1Malaysia Clinics will be revamped as Com-munity Clinics with several new changes, including assigning medical officers, pharmacists and nurses at every clinic,” he told reporters after launching the National Dental Health Promotion Week 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Square yesterday.
Dr Dzulkefly said the closure of the 33 clinics would not affect the health delivery service to the people in their vicinity as there were nearby government health facilities (hospitals and health clinics).
On the sexual harassment case, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry was awaiting the final report from the independent investigation committee tasked with looking into the case to be tabled at the Cabinet meeting this week.
“The recommendations in the report will be considered to ensure the incident does not recur,” he added.
On the proposed increase in the rate of consultation fees in private hospitals and clinics, Dr Dzulkefly said Cabinet would decide on the matter.
Before this, Health deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Azman Abu Bakar said the paper on the proposed revision of consultation fee charges, which was submitted to Dr Dzulkefly, recommended an increase of RM35 to RM125, from RM10 to RM35.
The increase was agreed to at a town hall session on “Stakeholders’ Consultation on the Proposed Revision of General Practitioners’ Charges” held at the ministry in Putrajaya recently.
Meanwhile, in a statement later, the ministry said there were 38 victims involved in the independent committee investigating the alleged sexual harassment of house officers. They had emailed or written to the minister. — Bernama
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