Healthcare system needs “treatment”

I REFER to the letter “Hospital in urgent need for help”, (The Star, Nov 19).

I too am a medical officer ?and the issues that were raised in the letter are not foreign to me but in fact have been faced since my medical student years.

As a medical student, I was attached to ?a teaching hospital in the Klang Valley? whilst two years of house officer training was completed in ?Kota Kinabalu, ?Sabah.

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Keeping our hospitals running : more than meets the eye

by Dr Sargunan Sockalingam
sargunan@medicinemalaysia.com

Recently, prominent newspapers, the Star and The Malay Mail highlighted serious problems regarding hospital support services (HSS) among prominent public hospitals in the Klang Valley. These led to investigative reports that informed the public about the companies that were entrusted with keeping our wards clean, operation theaters safe, hospital toilets sanitized and biohazard waste disposed properly. It appears that the matter has since been resolved.

Klang Valley hospitals have high a volume and turnover of patients. They are busy. Try visiting Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang on a regular day. First you will notice that cars are parked everywhere. Every available space. Double parking and T-parking are some common practices.

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