IPOH: It is the Health Ministry's last resort to operate the non-profit Mawar Haemodialysis Centre (MHC) in Seremban, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.
He said the ministry would rather have a private entity run it.
Dr Lee said over the years, the ministry had been working very closely with non-governmental organisations and private dialysis centres.
"Most of the NGOs and private centres have done well.
"MHC is the first instance where a dialysis centre closed due to internal problems," he told reporters after launching the Medical Assistants Day here.
A few days ago, following the death of two renal patients, MCA called for the ministry to reopen MHC, as many others were forced to travel far away to seek treatment.
Negri Sembilan MCA chief Siow Koi Voon had said there was a pressing need for this after two patients died within a fortnight due to a combination of factors.
However, Dr Lee said before a centre closes, the management is supposed to make arrangements for the patients to have their treatment done at other centres.
"But the centre, in fact, failed to fulfil this responsibility as well," he added.
He said the centre, which runs under a hospital licence, was advised by the ministry to downgrade to a haemodialysis centre.
"After giving the management time since November last year, they failed to submit such an application, but instead submitted an application to revive the hospital by a third party that does not fulfil conditions to run a hospital.
"However, for all patients needing dialysis, the ministry will ensure they get the needful either at private or government facilities," he added.