Cabinet to discuss doctors fees, housemen sexual harassment cases

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (third from left) launches the National Dental Health Promotion  Week at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Square today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Reports on three issues concerning the health ministry will be tabled at the next cabinet meeting, said its minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The three reports are pertaining to the revamp of the 1Malaysia Clinics, sexual harassment cases involving graduate medical officers (PPS) and the proposed increase in consulting fees of medical practitioners and doctors in private hospitals and clinics.

Dzulkefly said based on the proposals, 33 out of the 346 1Malaysia Clinics nationwide would be closed in stages after the issue was brought to the cabinet.

“The balance of the 1Malaysia Clinics will be revamped as Community Clinics with several new changes, including assigning medical officers, pharmacists and nurses at every clinic,” he told reporters after launching the National Dental Health Promotion Week (PKPK Week) 2018, at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Square today.

Dzulkefly stressed that the closure of the 33 clinics would not affect the people in their vicinity as these clinics were also located near the ministry’s hospitals and health clinics.

On the sexual harassment case, Dzulkefly said the ministry was awaiting the final report from the Independent Investigation Committee for tabling at the cabinet meeting.

He said the recommendations in the report would be taken into account to ensure the issue would not recur.

On the proposed increase in the rate of consultation fees in private hospitals and clinics, Dzulkefly said the revision would be tabled to the cabinet before any decision was made.

Prior to this, Health deputy director-general (Medical) Dr Azman Abu Bakar said the paper on the proposed revision of consultation fee charges, which was submitted to Dzulkefly, recommended an increase of between RM35 and RM125 from RM10 and RM35.

The increase was agreed to at a town hall session on “Stakeholders Consultation on the Proposed Revision of General Practitioners’ Charges”, held at Putrajaya, recently.

Meanwhile, he said, the National Health Morbidity Survey 2017 had revealed an alarming finding that nine of 10 adult Malaysians suffered from gum disease.