KPJ proposes public-private tie-up

Personal touch: Sultan Sharafuddin testing out a patient resuscitation gadget on a dummy during the launch of a new block for KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital in Shah Alam. Looking on are Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and Dr Zulkefly (right).

SHAH ALAM: A private hospital group has proposed a public-private partnership with the Health Ministry that allows government hospitals to use some of the facilities at private hospitals and help cut down waiting time.

KPJ Healthcare Bhd president and managing director Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said it had been engaging with the ministry for it to consider buying some of the services in private hospitals.

“There are many facilities in the private sector that have the capacity to accommodate more patients, especially imaging services such as MRI and CT scan.

“In the government hospitals, there are long queues and many services required by the public take a long time to be delivered,” he said.

He cited as an example MRI and CT scan, which could take months before patients were able to see a specialist and get the procedure done.

“But if the patients come to private hospitals, the procedures can be done immediately,” he told reporters yesterday after KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital introduced a new outpatient block with an extensive range of services.

The event was graced by Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who was accompanied by Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin. Also present was Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zulkefly Ahmad.

Asked what he thought about private hospitals pinching specialists from the public sector and causing a brain drain, Amiruddin said the hospitals did allow their consultants to provide their expertise at public hospitals.

“We allow our doctors to return the favour and help public hospitals after office hours or whenever they are needed,” he said.

KPJ Selangor medical director Prof Datuk Dr Shahrudin Mohd Dun said KPJ was also involved in developing specialist programmes with established universities and had produced some of its own specialists.

The new outpatient block, an eight-storey building costing RM55mil, started operations in March last year.

The full-fledged specialist hospital has 43 specialist consultants from diverse disciplines.

Originally opened to the public in 1996, the formerly Selangor Medical Centres Sdn Bhd was acquired by KPJ Healthcare Bhd in 2006. It was renamed KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital in 2008.

KPJ has 25 hospitals throughout Malaysia; six of them are located in Selangor.

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