The public will soon enjoy improved facilities, less congestion and comfort following the Health Ministry's initiative to upgrade all 46 cluster hospitals nationwide.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said improvements in cluster hospitals would be reviewed from time to time as it would be more cost-effective than constructing new hospitals.
"The concept of a cluster hospital means one specialist hospital with one or two district hospitals share human resources, expertise and treatment facilities apart from expenses incurred being not too high thus negating the need to build new specialist hospitals.
"Also, with this move, we will gradually increase other services and facilities such as providing anaesthetists, specialists and so on because when this is done, there will be no difference for patients to obtain treatment at any hospital, either at specialist or district hospitals," he said.
He was speaking to reporters after a working visit to the Alor Gajah Hospital here today. Also present were Health Ministry Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min; Health Director-General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah; Melaka Health, Sports Development and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim and Melaka Health Department Director Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman.