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October 16, 2007

Chua: Emergency units will treat all patients

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 7:32 am

Star: MUAR: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek denied yesterday a newspaper report which stated that the emergency units of government hospitals would no longer accept normal patients from next year.
He said the report was incorrect and that his ministry had not made such a proposal.
Dr Chua said that from next year, the services of all health clinics would be extended to midnight to reduce the queues at government hospitals.
“Only a small portion of those seeking treatment at the hospital emergency units are classified as requiring emergency treatment,” he said after attending a Hari Raya gathering hosted by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman at Sungai Mati here.
“The rest are normal patients,” he said, adding the attention of hospital emergency units must focus on patient requiring emergency treatment.
In response to a question, Dr Chua said extending the service hours of health clinics should not be a problem as the medical officers could work according to schedule.
“We are also requesting an allocation from the government to bear the cost of extending the service hours,” he said.

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