KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 – Cyberjaya Hospital will begin operating from November 11 in phases as a major tertiary public hospital under the Ministry of Health (MOH), Khairy Jamaluddin announced today.
The caretaker health minister also said that part of the Cyberjaya Hospital building will be converted into a Cyberjaya public health clinic and begin operations from November 1.
“The operation of Cyberjaya Hospital as a government hospital and the opening of Klinik Kesihatan Cyberjaya will provide quality and thorough public health care services to residents,” Khairy said in a statement today, ahead of the 15th general election.
“This will reduce waiting time and congestion in nearby health care facilities, namely Serdang Hospital, Kajang Hospital, and Putrajaya Hospital.”
The incumbent Rembau MP from Umno said the decision to operate Cyberjaya Hospital as a fully public facility under MOH was made by the Cabinet last Friday, four days before Parliament was dissolved yesterday.
Prior to this, in May 2021, the Cabinet had agreed in principle to operate Cyberjaya Hospital via public-private partnership for leasing, with the terms and conditions and discussions led by the Public Private Partnership Unit (Ukas) under the Prime Minister’s Department.
Cyberjaya Hospital, which was handed over to MOH in June 2021, initially provided services in six clinical specialties: emergency, medical, surgery, anaesthesiology, paediatrics, and obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G).
The public facility will, in phases, add other health care services to provide 14 in total: emergency, general medicine, general surgery, O&G, paediatrics, orthopaedics, anaesthesiology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, radiology, pathology, psychiatry and mental health, rehabilitation, and dentistry.
Incumbent Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah from PKR previously called for an MOH hospital in her constituency in Selangor, as well as additional public health clinics.
She said building an MOH hospital in Petaling Jaya will not only serve the district, but also cover Puchong, Subang, and some parts of Damansara, adding that charges at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, a university hospital, are higher than MOH hospitals.
Petaling Jaya has a population of nearly 620,000 people, some six times bigger than the population of over 100,000 in Cyberjaya, which neighbours the country’s administrative district of Putrajaya.