PUTRAJAYA — October 28, 2016: A safety audit will be undertaken within the next two weeks on 48 hospitals nationwide which are more than 50 years old.
These include the 136-year-old Batu Gajah Hospital and Balik Pulai Hospital, as well as the one in Perlis (97) and Penang (81).
The Cabinet, at its meeting today discussed the fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Bahru and the need to improve maintenance and safety level of old government buildings.
The meeting also agreed that the Public Works Department, the Fire and Rescue Department and other agencies are to discuss and share their views on steps that can be taken, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
As for hospitals, the matter will be discussed by the ministry with the two departments.
Subramaniam also reminded that all buildings should comply with the Uniform Building By-Laws.
“Old buildings cannot be issued with the certificate of occupation because their documents and design plans no longer exist as most of them were built during the British era.
“Therefore, agencies like the two departments will provide advice from time to time on the safety level of
the buildings concerned,” said the minister.
A report on the fire at HSA which killed six patients last Tuesday will be tabled to the Cabinet in a week or two. — Bernama