What’s the point of having 1Malaysia “clinics”?
From our Dobbs forum, a doctor mentions this incident:
Just had a guy with ACS present 2 days after going to 1M clinic with angina. No ECG available, told to ride his motorbike to the hospital! Son said if he knew how deficient it was, he would have gone straight to the klinik kesihatan.
and so what’s the point of having 1Malaysia clinics if the clinic
Doesn’t have a doctor on site. Only nurses and MAs. Supervision? Monitoring standards?
Doesn’t have many tests and medications on site.
Doesn’t have transport / ambulance.
Doesn’t have any allocation. Staff, meds etc are cannibalised from nearby klinik kesihatans & hospitals.
Really they are glorified nursing pondoks. If the PHFSA spells out that clinics must be manned by Doctors, then there should be no double standards. 1Malaysia “clinics” should be manned by doctors or not called clinics at all.
Sometime ago there was an exercise to invite doctors to help run 1Malaysia clinics – a laudable move but until and unless the 1Malaysia “clinic” is run by a doctor, it should not be called as such since the public may be misled into thinking they are.