KUALA LUMPUR: The company responsible for maintenance of the Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) in Johor Baru will not be suspended during investigations into the recent fires at the hospital.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (pix) said Medivest Sdn Bhd was also in charge of hospital support services for 22 other hospitals in Johor, Negri Sembilan and Malacca.
“Their contract is worth RM350mil a year for support services to all these hospitals, and covers six forms of maintenance including biomedical, linen and bedding, waste management and facilities.
“The Ministry does not intend to suspend the services of Medivest during the investigation into the HSA incidents as it will affect the hospital support services there.
“However, Medivest can be penalised or face other forms of severe action if it has breached its concession contract with the Ministry,” he said in reply to a question by Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh (BN – Setiu) during the Minister’s Question Time in Parliament Thursday.
He added that Medivest had its contract signed last year, and the contract is valid until 2025.
HAS caught fire twice in the span of two days, first at the intensive care unit on Tuesday and then at an operating theatre, the next day.
Six of seven patients in the intensive care unit died in the first incident, but no casualties were reported in the second fire.