PATIENTS at the Manjung Hospital in Perak have been turned away due to lack of medicines, reported Malaysia Nanban.
The daily said the problem had been going on for the past year and alleged that the hospital authorities had not rectified the situation.
It said staff at the hospitals pharmacy department had been telling the patients to return the following week to collect their medicines.
However, when they come back, the patients still do not get their supply, the report said.
Patients complained to the paper that even medicines for common ailments such as fever, flu, cough and asthma were not available from the hospital pharmacy.
They also complained that pharmacy staff refused to give the doctors prescription slip to allow them to buy the medicines elsewhere, such as from private pharmacies.
On another matter, Malaysia Nanban reported the arrest of a 40-year-old woman on Sunday for allegedly hiding a gold chain in her blouse at a jewellery shop in Jalan Raja in Teluk Intan, Perak.
The daily said the woman was shown several gold chains by the sales girls but she eventually decided not to buy any. However, the shop owner suspected a chain was missing from the tray of displays and called the police.