A senior consultant surgeon from the North opposes “blindly” posting most medical officers to Sabah and Sarawak, mooting a staggered approach over 3-4 years instead to avoid a shortage of trained doctors in the peninsula and sudden service disruptions.
Batong Sadong MP Rodiyah Sapiee (GPS) calls for the return of 1Malaysia clinics, or a rebranded Klinik Rahmah, or clinics under whatever name, to provide health consultation services for people with mild conditions who live in the interior.
Sarawak state government proposes bearing the RM800m cost of construction for a cancer hospital, while the federal government provides specialists and equipment. The health minister indicates a Sarawak cancer hospital will not be allocated in Budget 2023.
The Society for Cancer Advocacy and Awareness Kuching (SCAN) again reiterates the need for a specialist cancer hospital in Sarawak to address bed shortages, inadequate chemotherapy facilities, reduced OT capacity, and to upgrade radiotherapy facilities.