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Sending parents to healthcare institutions must come with special conditions

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Children who send their parents to healthcare centres for the elderly should be subject to special conditions which includes visiting their parents, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

The recommendation was made by Datin MasturaYazid (BN-Kuala Kangsar) to prevent the children from leaving the responsibility of taking care of their parents entirely to the healthcare centres.

"There must be continuous connection either through visits or via virtual meetings such as through Skype and these conditions must be spelt out before their parents could be accepted at the centres," she said when debating on the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Bill 2017.

The bill which was previously tabled for second reading by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, among others aims to regulate healthcare institutions for the aged to ensure the well-being of the care recipients as well as to encourage unregistered institutions to obtain a license to ensure compliance of regulations.

Mastura added that the children of the care recipients should also sit as committee members at these centres and made responsible for the welfare of their parents.


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