Matrix to take baby steps in reviving MMC

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  • Thursday, 20 Jun 2019

SEREMBAN: Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd which intends to revive the Mawar Medical Centre (MMC) here will begin operations with 32 beds instead of 92 as previously stated if its application for a licence is approved by the Health Ministry.

Group executive deputy chairman Datuk Lee Tian Hock (pic) who is spearheading the effort said some of the 256 employees would also be given severance package as they would not need as many staff in the early days.

“Although we already have the specialists for the main disciplines, our aim is to start small.

“Employees who would be released would be paid compensation based on labour laws,” he said.

The Health Ministry had revoked the licences of the MMC and the Mawar Haemodialysis Centre (MHC) which was then the country’s largest centre in February. MHC owns the MMC.

In November 2018, the ministry ordered MMC to temporarily cease operations after all but one of its specialists resigned for not being paid their salaries.

It was given two months to sort out its licensing issues but the management failed to comply and had its licence revoked.

MHC’s licence was revoked in February after the management told its dialysis patients that it could no longer fund its operations.

On Tuesday, Lee said Matrix Concepts had acquired a 51% stake in Sendi Hartamas Sdn Bhd (SHSB), the company which will operate both the MMC and MHC.

SHSB will also assume MHC’s liabilities estimated at RM33mil once the licence is approved.

Lee, who is also Negri Sembilan Chinese Mater­nity Hospital (NSCMH) Medical Centre president said the new facility would be known as Matrix Mawar Medical Centre (MMMC).

“Both the NSCMH Medical Centre and MMMC will be able to collaborate to provide better medical services as both have very modern equipment,” he said, adding that SHSB would also set aside some funds to run the new hospital which was expected to operate at a deficit for a few months.

Lee said a welfare fund for poor patients would also be set up at the MMMC, similar to that at the NSCMH Medical Centre.

“Once the haemodialysis centre is functioning, SHSB will also provide free treatments to patients who do not have sponsors,” he said.

The MHC used to provide dialysis treatment for more than 300 patients previously.

Lee added that the buildings which house both the MMC and the MHC would continue to be owned by the previous management.

“We will only rent them and the MHC will remain the owners because the buildings were built using public donations and government grants,” he said.

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