Materia Medica Malaysiana

January 24, 2007

Hospital assistant ‘reopens’ clinic

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 12:13 pm

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: A hospital assistant who had been hauled up once for operating an illegal clinic, is back in business.
Calling himself Dr Shah Jahan, he ran a private clinic in Taman Sentosa, Klang.
The authorities sealed it early last month.
Following a tip-off, a health team conducted a surprise visit and found that the clinic was reopened, in mid-January.
Health Ministry medical practices director Dr Mohd Khairy Yaacob said: “We did not enter the premise as it was supposed to be sealed. The officers observed what was going on from outside and talked to patients.”
A police report has been made at the Klang police headquarters.
The “doctor” faces six months jail and a RM2,000 fine for breaking the seal, aside from the charges he could face for illegally operating the clinic.
On Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that six people had been caught playing doctor and running illegal clinics and maternity homes — a foreigner, two nurses, and hospital and medical assistants.
Two maternity homes run by a community nurse and an ex-army nurse were sealed in Johor, as well as four private clinics in Shah Alam, Seremban and two in Klang.
All six are soon to be charged under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 as none of their businesses were registered.

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