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Liow: New RM250mil hospital to replace existing Tanjung Karang Hospital

TANJUNG KARANG: A new RM250mil hospital will be built here to replace the existing 46-year-old hospital.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who launched the site of the new building here, said the 150-bed hospital would be ready by 2016.

“The groundbreaking and earthworks will be done this year. JKR (Public Works Department) will be calling for tenders. Next year, the infrastructure works should commence,” Liow told reporters after inspecting the 16.19ha site on Thursday.

The site, located 6.5km from Tanjung Karang town and 7.5km from Kuala Selangor town, is expected to serve some 200,000 residents in the vicinity.

The hospital will also be upgraded to a “minor specialist hospital”, said Liow.

“For now, cases requiring specialists are referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital, which is quite a distance away.

“There are eight visiting specialists who come weekly to the current Tanjung Karang Hospital, and when the new building is ready, we will station some of the specialists permanently here,” he said.

The number of doctors serving at the hospital will also increase from the current 22, while horsemanship programmes would also be introduced, he said.

Liow also announced an allocation of RM500,000 to upgrade and maintain the existing hospital, which would be converted into a haemodialysis centre after the new building is completed.

Liow also announced RM6.5mil for the development of a community clinic here, as well as an additional two ambulances for the Tanjung Karang Hospital.

Also present at the launch were Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, who is also Tanjung Karang MP, Permatang assemblyman Datuk Sulaiman Razak and Sungai Burong assemblyman Datuk Shamsuddin Lias.

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Many hospitals not sharing crime data, audit shows

Man in a hoodie holding a knife

Similar schemes have seen a fall in incidents of violent crime

A coalition pledge to make hospitals share violent crime data with police is being carried out in only a third of areas in England, an audit shows.

The government has written to hospitals and chief constables for an explanation after the Department of Health audit.

Accident and emergency departments are meant to share information about where knife or gun attacks are happening with the police and local council.

This was part of the government’s programme for government in 2010.


In 2010 the coalition promised in its programme for government to make hospitals share non-confidential information with the police so crime hotspots could be identified.

I would want to say to hospitals and local authorities this is straightforward, ethical information-sharing that makes for safer communities – just get on with it”

Prof Jonathan ShepherdCardiff University

In the government’s mid term report, which measured progress against their programme for government they said “we have established a national scheme requiring hospitals to share information on gun and knife crime”.

But an audit carried out for the Department of Health has revealed that is happening effectively in only a third of community safety partnership areas, and not at all in one-fifth.

The charity Victim Support said it was very disappointing that the plan was not being implemented.

Susannah Hancock, its assistant chief executive, said: “The NHS is the second most likely public service after the police to come into contact with victims of violent crime, many of whom will not have reported such incidents to the police at all. ”

It is thought that police are aware of fewer than a third of assaults that lead to the victim being treated in hospital.

Pioneering research carried out in Cardiff tested the idea of regularly sharing collated information about the type and location of attacks, with all confidential patient information removed.

As a result, the city saw a 35% fall in the numbers of assault victims turning up at A&E for treatment between 2000 and 2005.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, from Cardiff University, said the research showed sharing information costs little, and saves money in the longer term for the NHS and the criminal justice system. He said the findings of the audit were surprising, giving the strong evidence, and the commitment from government.

“I feel disappointed that it hasn’t been taken up faster than this, and I would want to say to hospitals and local authorities this is straightforward, ethical information-sharing that makes for safer communities – just get on with it.”


Arrowe Park hospital, in the Wirral, has seen some impressive results from setting up systems to share information every month with the police and local council. Anyone arriving at A&E with an injury caused by a violent assault is taken through a standard set of questions about the location and circumstances of the attack.

The information has all patient data removed from it before it is shared. Between 2004 and 2010, the number of alcohol-related assault victims arriving for treatment fell by 30%.

Chris Oliver, from the Wirral University Hospital Trust, said the results had convinced busy staff in A&E to get involved: “It’s owned by everyone within the department. The reception staff are very proactive when going through the questions. It’s very rewarding for our staff to see the reduction in people coming into the department. It’s a win-win.”

The Department of Health said Health Minister Anna Soubry had written this week to all hospital chief executives and chief constables in England to remind them of the government’s commitment on sharing information.

The letter says there are no legal reasons for not sharing anonymous information, and asks for any “good reasons why it cannot be done” in areas which have failed to put systems in place.

Despite this slow progress in implementing the approach in England, the idea has attracted international interest and there are pilot schemes under way in other countries.


Hospital that is a tourist attraction

THANK YOU: Lau (second right) receives the MRP fund from Dr Annuar, witnessed by Ting (left) and the association’s secretary Dr Hu Chang Hock.

SIBU: Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum, which is the only one of its kind in Malaysia, could be promoted as a tourist attraction.

Chairman of Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum Association, Sibu, Temengong Vincent Lau Lee Ming said the promotion would complement other tourism attractions in Sibu.

Speaking to reporters at the museum after receiving RM5,000 in MRP (Minor Rural Project) funds from Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapa’ee yesterday, he said the display of medical equipment used in the early days at the museum was informative.

He called on other hospitals to donate their old and obsolete medical equipment to the museum.

Lau said Dr Annuar, who is also the association’s advisor, has served in LKH Hospital.

Dr Annuar revealed that both his parents had also served in the hospital in the 1960s and 1970s. His mother worked as a senior assistant nurse until her retirement and his father at its pharmacy.

“I will make it a point to contribute yearly for the upkeep of the museum. The display of old medical equipment used in the early days which involved an evolution in medical history underlined the difficult time undergone by the medical profession.”

Such museums are an eye-opener to youths in the medical profession, he added.

The museum’s manager John Ting said the museum, jointly run by the association, Sarawak Health Department and Sibu Municipal Council, operates from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. It opens to the public on a Monday if it happens to be a public holiday.

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Bali needs more hospital beds

Bali is expected to suffer a shortage of at least 1,000 hospital beds next year. Facilities for in-patients in hospitals in the island’s capital Denpasar are overloaded due to inadequate facilities in hospitals in other regencies.

The provincial Health Agency predicted that the number of additional beds needed was 1,000, while Sanglah Hospital predicted that it amounted to 1,900.

I Ketut Suarjaya, the agency’s head, said that the hospital overload had occurred after the provincial administration launched the Bali Mandara free healthcare (JKBM) scheme for the island’s registered residents who do not have any other health insurance.

“There are more people needing to be in-patients, so we are experiencing a shortage of beds in third-class rooms,” Suarjaya said.

I Wayan Sutarga, director of Sanglah Hospital, said that additional beds should be provided at puskesmas (community health centers) in regencies with geographical barriers, including the mountainous areas in Karangasem, Buleleng and Bangli.

Facilities in some puskesmas have been upgraded to accommodate in-patients, so that the patients do not have to be brought to Denpasar hospitals.

“It would be very costly to bring all the patients to Denpasar when they could actually be treated at puskesmas with upgraded facilities,” Sutarga said.

The JakartaPost

Part of overloaded ceiling caves in at Ipoh hospital

IPOH – Part of the ceiling at the Specialist Centre Complex, Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here collapsed yesterday morning.

The ceiling gave way at 6am near the dermatology clinic, located on the first floor, leaving a big hole.

This is the first such incident in the hospital, about 18 years after its construction.

Checks by the New Straits Times showed the whole area had been cordoned off and repair work was in progress.

However, business at the hospital remained as usual.

State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who inspected the site later, said the ceiling collapsed as it could no longer maintain the weight of various wires, individually packed in PVC pipes.

“I have also instructed that a thorough inspection be carried out in other parts of the hospital to prevent a recurrence of similar incident in future,” he said adding that repair work was being carried out.

Dr Mah said the wires should have been bundled together and placed in one bracket rather than separately packed in different PVC pipes.

He said the damage was minimal.

“What is important to us is to put a stop to such incidents in future.

“In fact, for an 18-year-old building, such a thing should not have happened at all,” he added.

Meanwhile, Anuar Mohd Yusof, 61, who accompanied his wife and children for treatment at the dermatology clinic, expressed concern over the safety and security of the building.

“I am thankful that no one was injured in the incident.

“I hope the hospital authorities will carry out thorough checks from now on,” he added.

Tan Chun Hiang, 70, said the hospital authorities needed to better manage its wiring as the safety of the people were at risk.

New Straits Times /Asia One

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