Kuala Lumpur: The Health Ministry will implement six measures to address various issues to provide the best health services to the people, said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
The Health Minister said the first measure is to raise the capacity of public hospitals by building new facilities and at the same time, upgrading the existing ones.
In 2010, there were 137 hospitals and medical institutions under the Health Ministry, and this number had increased to 145 in 2016.
“The second measure is to improve daycare services in hospital to reduce congestion in inpatient admissions and waiting time for treatment.
"To realise this goal, the ministry has built nine daycare centres that provide similar facilities and medicines,” he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama here recently.
Dr Dzulkefly said another step is to have more collaboration between government hospitals and universities.
“As of now, 22 public hospitals have collaborated with local universities.
“The result of this collaboration has made public hospitals a training centre for medical specialists and students from the universities.
"Some examples of the collaboration are between Tapah Hospital in Perak and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Tanjung Karang Hospital in Selangor with MAHSA University,” he said.
Dr Dzulkefly said the fourth measure is to have an appointment system for patients to see doctors, which would also reduce congestion at clinics and waiting time.
“The fifth measure is to forge cluster hospital collaboration between specialist hospitals and non-specialist hospitals to increase access to specialised services for people in rural areas.
“Among the government hospitals involved in this collaboration are Melaka Hospital, Hospital Jasin and Alor Gajah Hospital,” he said.
Dr Dzulkefly said the sixth measure is to improve the efficiency in handling patients' waiting process to reduce waiting time.
He said such measures could improve the quality of services at government hospitals in the future.