No plans to suspend Medivest over hospital fire


KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no plans to temporarily suspend medical solutions provider Medivest Sdn Bhd while investigations over the fire at Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Baru are carried out.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya, speaking in the Dewan Rakyat today, said it would be unwise to do so as Medivest was also servicing other hospitals in Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca.

“The ministry does not plan to suspend Medivest’s services during the investigations as this will affect the hospitals’ support and medical services in the three states.”

Hilmi was responding to a question posed by Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Kluang), when the latter asked if Medivest’s services would be temporarily suspended following the Tuesday incident.

The incident, described as the worse hospital fire the country had ever seen, occurred when a huge fire tore through the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the HSA, killing six people and injuring several others.

According to reports, the fire may have started from the ICU’s treatment room and took only minutes to spread to the ICU, which housed seven patients and 10 personnel.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but in an effort to ensure similar incidents do not reoccur, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam had instructed for the formation of an independent special committee.

However, yesterday the hospital faced another scare, when smoke from a socket at the hospital’s operating theatre resulted in an immediate evacuation.