Health ministry wants specialist contractors for new hospitals

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BERA: The health ministry is expected to create a list of authoritative and capable contractors in the construction of hospitals to prevent such projects being abandoned, said its minister Dr S Subramaniam.

He said hospital construction required specific expertise and specialisation because it involved technical aspects such as the operation theatre, intensive care unit, gas and oxygen channels.

“Those with experience already know but the new ones (contractors) do not know how a hospital functions and make hospital construction works as a means of learning for them.

“We want a complete hospital that is built satisfactorily, not become an institution for them to learn. If they have no capability, it will incur losses to the government, raise costs and the people cannot enjoy proper services at the appointed time,” he said.

Dr Subramaniam said this at a media conference after visiting the Bera Hospital costruction site here yesterday. Also present were Pahang health, human resources and special functions committee chairman Norol Azali Sulaiman and state health director Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman.

He said the construction of the Bera Hospital, which began in July 2012, would be ready within two years after it was abandoned since January 2015 following the failure of the contractor to complete the 40-bed hospital.

According to him, the original hospital developer was also blacklisted by the Public Works Department in December last year after it failed to complete the task despite being granted an extended period of 690 days.

“The delay in completing the project led to the original construction cost of RM88 million to increase by RM33 million and we had to re-apply to the Economic Planning Unit.

The newly-appointed contractor could only start works after the additional allocation is approved and we hope this project can be completed on schedule,” he added. Bernama