SHAH ALAM, 29 Nov: It has been claimed that the 1Malaysia Clinics are endangering patients because it does not meet the standards set by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, regarding conditions to set-up a health clinic.
Dr Idris Ahmad (PKR-Ijok) said that this includes the failure of 1Malaysia Clinics in providing qualified Medical Officers, as per the minimum requirement for a clinic.
“The 1Malaysia Clinics cheat the people and endanger them because to set-up a clinic, many conditions must be met. There has to be a Doctor, the right door size, a pharmacy and so on.
“The 1Malaysia Clinics, which only provide the services of nurses, would certainly endanger patients if things go wrong,” he said in a debate session at the Selangor State Assembly yesterday.
This situation, Dr Idris said, is contrary to the usual standards of practice which needs to be observed by any doctor who wants to open a health clinic.
He added that the absence of a medical officer or a doctor on duty could endanger patients in the event of an error in treatment or providing the wrong prescriptions to patients.
Dr Idris, prior to serving as the Assemblyman for Ijok, was a gynaecologist and served in several government hospitals before working in a private medical centre in the Klang Valley.
His extensive experience of over 30 years in the medical world made him a well-known gynaecologist in the health industry.