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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Cause of dead fish in Sg Kulim due to low oxygen level
Families urged to follow Covid-19 SOP during Qing Ming
Singapore to offer Covid-19 vaccination to drivers of vehicles delivering essential goods
Wee: Women are equal partners in country's socio-economic development
Anwar: Pakatan parties starting GE15 seat negotiations
MTCC debuts at virtual B2B furniture fair – MIFF Furniverse 2021
Hostel for workers in Cameron Highlands under probe for failing to provide amenities
Hajiji wants Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park developed to full potential as petroleum downstream hub
Guan Eng: No DAP-Umno partnership for GE15 but cooperation possible on people-centric issues
Covid-19: 1,529 new cases, Selangor still top with 726 cases

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers