Healthcare woes : Tip of the iceberg

From the Star,

Sungai Buloh docs losing their patience

SUNGAI BULOH: After recovering from three days of dirty toilets and uncollected rubbish, Sungai Buloh Hospital has been hit with an air-conditioning malfunction, which shut down 12 of its 22 general operating theaters.

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sungaibulohhospital110114Heralding a transformation plan without a detailed framework is building castles on shifting sand. There are fundamental flaws in the administration of current hospitals. Leaving this unattended will result in disastrous outcomes for any future grandiose initiatives.

Sungai Buloh Hospital is likely not alone in this. There have been numerous reports of building defects in the press over the years and this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.

The manner of which human resource is managed is driving away talents and resulting in continuing inefficiencies and poor quality of staff. This has to be rectified in a more expedient manner. The healthcare service is only as good as the people who run them. Physical infrastructure should be secondary.

It should be advised that the Ministry of Health gets its house in order first before attempting to hoodwink the public with another facade of a transformation programme. Work from the ground up and not the other way round.

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