Private hospital nurses to help out in public hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR: Most of the private hospitals and hospital groups have agreed to provide trained nurses, in batches, to assist the government in managing Covid-19 patients in selected public hospitals in the Klang Valley.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said the move was based on the current Covid-19 situation at public hospitals, particularly in the Klang Valley, in terms of high bed occupancy and staff shortage.

“The Health Ministry has requested Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia’s members provide nursing, medical officers and specialists to work in public hospitals.

“We shall, at a later stage, assist them with other medical personnel,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Kuljit said although large private hospitals involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme such as IHH Healthcare, KPJ Healthcare, Sunway and Ramsay Sime Darby Hospitals were also short on manpower, they were still willing to support the government in managing the situation.

Therefore, he said the association had urged its members to be prepared to accept non-Covid-19 patients decanted from government hospitals to provide public healthcare facilities more capacity to treat Covid-19.

“Our hope is the decanted patients are equally distributed to all private hospitals in order to give the best care and treatment to the public patients, and this will be fully paid by the government as per the Emergency Ordinance,” he added.

Apart from that, he said private hospitals would further assist the government to ramp up the administering of 12 million doses of vaccines expected to be received this month.

Currently, more than 100 private hospitals are assisting in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. — Bernama

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