Petaling Jaya, 1Malaysia Clinics will be rebranded and renamed Community Clinics, while some will be closed down, Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) has just announced.
He said that the 346 1Malaysia Clinics nationwide will be upgraded to 1,400 sq ft in size and provided with medical personnel, pharmacists and a small laboratory to do some tests.
“Renaming it as a Community Clinic is in line with its focus on the community,” he said during a press conference at the ministry on Wednesday (June 27) in Putrajaya, which was streamed live on Facebook.
Dr Dzulkefly said that the clinics will be evaluated.
Those that are viable will be upgraded to Community Clinic status. Those not viable, for example those which do not receive at least 50 patients a day, will be closed down.
Since the staff members of 1Malaysia Clinics are made up of civil servants, they will be absorbed into the Community Clinics, he said.
Dr Dzulkefly added that the clinics will serve to prevent diseases and promote health. They will also screen and treat chronic diseases such as hypertension.
He said that he will table the needed budget for the clinic upgrades in July as an “urgent need”.
Once approved, it will take three to six months to do the upgrading work.
Asked about who the Deputy Health Minister will be, Dr Dzulkefly said that Dr Lee Boon Chye, the Gopeng MP named in the Cabinet list that went viral on social media, had informed him that he preferred to continue his practice as a cardiologist.
“So, I am still waiting for a deputy. Hopefully, a doctor.
“I have a candidate but the person has not been approved (yet) by the Prime Minister,” he said.