KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The Cabinet has decided to disclose the investigation of a deadly fire at Sultanah Aminah Hospital three years ago, Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.
The health minister said the Ministry of Health (MOH) was now working on publishing the findings of the independent inquiry, which was led by former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, by next month.
“I’ve tasked it to be released by year end,” Dzulkefly told the press after launching a “Save The Green Lung” campaign by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Lung Cancer Network Malaysia.
In a recent interview with CodeBlue, Mohd Hishamudin reiterated the investigating committee’s calls for its inquiry into the 2016 fire at the MOH hospital, which killed six patients, to be made public.
The Judicial Appointments Commission member also said the independent committee’s report should be debated in a parliamentary select committee, possibly the human rights committee since Parliament does not have a committee overseeing health issues.
Former Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Milton Lum has noted that fire safety audits carried out by MOH, and the Fire and Rescue and Public Works Departments, after the Sultanah Aminah Hospital fire in 46 public hospitals over 50 years old revealed that a large number of hospitals were fire hazards.