Health Minister insults Sabah on chaotic health care: SAPP
KOTA KINABALU, May 31 – Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP)
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for insulting the
intelligence of Sabahans on the chaotic state health care services
SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said the continuous health
care crisis seems never ends while the government was very slow in
handling the matter.
He said the whole problems started right after the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) main tower block was declared unsafe late
last year forcing patients evacuated and relocated to the other
district hospitals as well as the Sabah Medical Centre (SMC).
He said the bad situation has robbed city's folks of the basic
necessary health care services for more than seven months, which is
similar to losing a general hospital.
Chong added that the bad news Sabahans have to swallow is that the
QEH is also the only main referral hospital for the state.
"As such, SAPP was right for putting up the 'Queen Elizabeth
Hospital (QEH) Crisis billboard and counter' at the party's
headquarters, Bornion Centre, Luyang, here," he said.
He was replying to Liow's recent statement that SAPP were trying
to gain political milage through health issue.
Liow also slammed SAPP for putting up such billboards allegedly
claiming that "the state has no general hospital following the Queen
"They are trying to gain political mileage through health issues.
It is wrong to say that there is no general hospital here. The
ministry has taken a lot of effort to continue providing health
services," Liow said.
According to Chong, the billboards are being put up to serve as a
terse reminder to the Government over the plight of Kota Kinabalu
folks and the people of Sabah, as a whole, over the pressing issue
and the need to resolve it without any further delay.
Chong added that the "Days" counter will be updated at noon each
day to record the number of days that Kota Kinabalu City people have
been deprived a general hospital.
"The billboard also aims to remind the people of the dire
consequence that they might face should they fall sick or become
seriously ill," he added.
He also agreed with the Minister in the Prime Minister Department
Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon's suggestion that the performance of every
ministry be measured with a system called, Keys Performance Index (
KPI), to ensure better delivery as well as up to the people's
"The performance of the Health Ministry as well as the State
Health Department on health care services all over Sabah must be
measured via the KPI. The rakyat would be happy must with this
system," he added.
He said each ministry and department must not retaliate whenever
their performance is measured because such system is for their
betterment as well as the people at large.
Tsu Koon while visiting Sabah recently hoped every ministry and
department would accept the KPI system with an open heart.
The KPI system is still in its suggestion stage and have yet to
He also challenges the Federal Government, to disclose the surprise
surge of the price to purchase the Sabah Medical Centre, at Luyang,
He said tax payers must be given full details of the purchase as
it involved huge amounts of funds, which runs into millions.
"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had recently said the
purchase involved RM245 million but all of sudden the Health
Minister announced the actual cost is RM280 million," he said.
Chong said there must be reasons behind the extra RM35 million
and the rakyat must be informed due to the big differences.
Liow during his visit, here, on May 29 had said that the Federal
Cabinet decided that the actual cost is RM280 million, which
surpassed the initial cost announced by Najib on May 5.
Liow also announced that another RM90 million is needed to
upgrade the hospital.
"We hope Tiong Lai is not trying to tell the rakyat that Najib had
made mistake," Chong said.
Najib had on May 5, announced the purchase of the SMC as measures
to overcome congestion at the only general hospital, here, the
Hospital Queen Elizabeth (QEH), which main block was declared
On the low morale of staffs, in particular, nurses due to
problems arising from QEH debacle, Chong said the Health Ministry
must find ways to address it quickly otherwise patients will suffer
The Health Minister had acknowledged that staffs have been
working under tremendous stress and low morale since the decanting
of the QEH main block that had been declared unsafe.
Chong further said that recently a nurse association had
conducted survey at the hospital and found out that 93 per cent
nurses at the general hospital are working under low morale.
The bad situation was due to the fact that the nurses and doctors
are rushing from one hospital to another following problem
encountered at the QEH.
Chong also questioned the absence of Deputy Health Minister Datuk
Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin or a single State Minister during Liow's
He said such absence might lead the rakyat to think that the
Deputy Minister, a Member of Parliament from Sabah , is being
He also said that the Health Ministry via the State Health
Department should invite a State Minister of Assistant Minister to
join Liow's visit if Rosnah is not around.
"The Health Ministry and the State Health Department should at least
respect leaders from Sabah," Chong said adding the rakyat might
think the SMC purchase is being negotiated minus Sabah leaders.
Chong further said that there is also fear that the State
Government might not have knowledge on the health care services
On MCA members dominating important positions at the QEH Board of
Visitors Committee, Chong said they had failed to carry out
responsibilities entrusted to them as the QEH debacle is evidence.
He said, as member of the board, the MCA people should at least
offers input to the hospital or the State Health Department on how
to improve the health care services here.