Lam Thye urges govt to look into 'sick' public hospitals in need of repairs, upgrades

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  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) urges the government to seriously look at government hospitals which are old, dilapidated and do not have a certificate of fitness (CF) so that appropriate financial allocations can be provided for their repair and upgrading works.

The Alliance for Safe Community (Ikatan) chairman said the repair and upgrading works will allow hospitals to function safely for staff and patients alike.

Lee estimated that, based on his sources, there were at least 46 hospitals throughout the country that were dilapidated, old and do not have a CF.

"It is understood that the cost of repairing and upgrading all the hospitals involves billions of ringgit.

"For me, issues related to the maintenance of government buildings and facilities is a crucial issue, which is not only confined to government hospitals but also to all government buildings.

"Therefore, this matter needs to be studied and detailed further in order to create a clear policy relating to the maintenance of government buildings and facilities," he said in a statement Saturday (Aug 1).

Lee said that for old hospital buildings, the risk of fire and wiring that have not been replaced for a long time were areas of concern.

He added that the issue of upgrading fire prevention equipment as well as the need to obtain a "fire certificate" from the Fire and Rescue Department to comply with fire and rescue requirements also needed to be addressed.

"In my view, the urgent and pressing matter is to immediately upgrade the wiring in hospitals and to obtain CF for the buildings, to immediately upgrade fire prevention equipment in all hospitals over the age of 50, which may be a fire risk and to prioritise occupational safety and health in all government buildings in order to prevent workplace accidents," he said.

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