Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, MARTIN CARVALHO, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
THE Health Ministry has put in various measures to reduce ward congestion in government hospitals, including expanding the daily treatment services.
Daily treatment services are clinical treatments, which are scheduled and completed on the same day.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic) said studies had shown that surgical procedures done this way had reduced the admission of patients in these wards by 28.2%.
“We also have the cluster hospital initiative, which is a form of cooperation with specialist and non-specialist hospitals to enable patients from rural areas to receive treatment from specialists without being referred to the specialist hospitals, ” he said in reply to Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (PH-Tanah Merah).
Ikmal Hisham had asked about the measures taken to address the ward congestion in government hospitals.
Recently, many people had
taken to social media to express their displeasure after a notice was put up at the Penang Hospital Emergency and Trauma Department warning people to expect a six-hour wait.
Other measures, said Dr Lee, included creating a bed management unit to plan the intake of elective patients and to ensure that those in need of beds were given priority.
The pilot project for this unit was currently being carried out at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang and the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, said Dr Lee.
The ministry, he said, was also looking at the ward-levelling concept, which would ensure that beds in wards with low usage could be optimised as well as building and upgrading new and replacement hospitals.
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