9 September 2017: A full house of 75 private hospital CEOs and Medical Directors had a fruitful discussion on various aspects of hospital administration and inclusive of looking at the possibilities of revising and updating the Private Healthcare Facilities & Services Act 1998 and its regulations. The act is close to 20 years and the regulations are 11 years. The question that was asked if the Act and its regulations are still relevant for the current nature of practice? It is still very much relevant and over the last many years we have seen that this Act has protected patients and also guided private hospitals in maintaining standards. However in this forum today, the stakeholders were urged to consider looking at some aspects of the act which may need revision particularly the specific roles of a PIC: Person In Charge. The process has been spearheaded by the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia [APHM] and hopefully some changes will occur in the next few years.
I was a panelist together with the CEO APHM: Dr T Mahadevan, Pengarah Bahagian Amalan MOH:Dr Ahmad Razid Salleh and CEO Mahkota Medical Centre & Board Member of APHM Mr Stanley Lam. The session was chaired by Dato Dr Jacob Thomas: President APHM