PETALING JAYA: Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) says it will rectify the proposed list of private healthcare staff who are expected to receive early vaccination after reports emerged that over 1,000 of them were excluded from it.
Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said it was too premature to jump into any conclusions as APHM had no intention to omit any private hospitals from the list.
“We have rectified the list and updated the Health Ministry. Our association has the list of our members who have responded to us.
“We will work closely with the ministry and all our members so that no one is left out among the frontline healthcare workers, ” he said.
He was responding to postings made by Nadiah Wan, CEO of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara, who expressed concern on Twitter that her staff would miss out on the government’s Covid-19 vaccination programme for medical frontliners.
“Today I received the worst news. Texted APHM chief executive officer to check if our frontliners were submitted to the Ministry of Health and they replied it ‘was inadvertently not forwarded’.
“I’m beyond angry and incredibly disappointed with APHM. We are a small hospital true, but I like to think we have done our part, ” she tweeted.
Nadiah also noted that she would have to inform her staff and doctors that due to some administrative error, they might not be able to get vaccinated as frontliners at all.
“The Ministry of Health is not to be blamed here. APHM is dominated by large hospital groups and often smaller hospitals get ignored, ” she claimed.
“I would advise, if you are a healthcare worker in a private hospital, check with APHM if your names have been submitted to the ministry.
“Because despite all the assurances given, it may very well not have been.
“I was persistent in checking because I knew something like this could happen and it did.”
In response, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted that the matter was raised by Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Public Health Tan Sri Jemilah Mahmood during their Covid-19 Immunisation Taskforce (CITF) meeting yesterday.
“Hope APHM rectifies their oversight and sends your list to us, stat (immediately), ” said Khairy.
In a separate tweet, Jemilah posted: “Apparently some other private medical centres may have also been missed out. Could APHM pls check?”
Dr Kuljit also gave the assurance that APHM would continue to communicate with its members and work closely with the Health Ministry.
“I would like to assure that we will not deny anybody and we are willing to rectify the list, ” he said.
Nadiah later expressed her thanks via Twitter to everyone who had responded to her concerns.
“Update: @Khairykj has informed that the matter has been highlighted at CITF by @JemilahMahmood. @DatukKuljit has also pledged that APHM will review the submissions and make sure no hospital has been left out.
“Thank you everyone for the quick action. It was a great relief to staff, ” she tweeted.