We call on the Works Minister to make the safety of the Temerloh Hospital as 'beautiful' as the external appearance by producing the list of outstanding works and ensuring professionalism of world standard in the equipment, installation, functioning and maintenance of the hospital

Media Statement
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw

(Petaling Jaya,  Wednesday): On 17 March, 2005, we visited the Temerloh Hospital at Kampung Paya Luas. As it costs nearly RM500 million, it is impressive. We hope thatthe contents of the hospital, the care of the patient, the quality of the staff, the saving of the cost, the purchase, the installation, the functioning, the safety and the maintenance will be equally impressive.

Alas, while some of the explanations by PHTSB representatives on the construction of the hospital were acceptable, others threw more doubts, especially in the issuance of Certificates of Fitness (CF) and the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC). If major outstanding works such as RCD is overlooked or missing, CPC should not be given.

The PHTSB representative told us that RCD was overlooked and that it had bought 160 units with each unit costing RM800;RCDs were in the process of being installed. The Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu asked us to visit the beautiful Hospital. We have done so. Now, he should do the people a favour by making every aspects of the hospital beautiful. The overlook and non-installation of RCDs are not beautiful.

Each RCD with safety features such as audible alarm costs RM1,200. It deals with excess current, making electrical equipment especially those for heart patients safe. There are over 300 units of RCDs, lying in switchrooms. If these are not installed, how do doctors and nurses use electrical devices? They may have to find switchrooms and install these devices. A doctor or a nurse may not be an electrician, he or she is not familiar with swtichrooms, let alone knowing which RCD controls which area. The Works Minister should look into this and
other outstanding works at once, so as to ensure the safety of the staff and the patients. If mechanical and electrical things go wrong in future, what will he do?


* Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong