14 March 2013
| last updated at 02:48PM
PM: HKL to be transformed into world-renowned premier hospital
KUALA LUMPUR : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said he wants to see the 143-year-old Kuala Lumpur Hospital become a world renowned premier facility.
The current upgrading works, which was approved under the 2012 Budget and cost RM300 million, were part of an overall transformation of the hospital's facilities, infrastructure, and services.
He said this during a speech during a working visit and launch of the hospital's Specialist Clinic Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC).
Najib, who admitted to have been the hospital's patient twice, envisioned the hospital to become better than what is now. He said such a transformation of a age old facility was possible as evident with the successful upgrading works of the old Puduraya bus terminal.
"Now people say the new bus terminal is better than some airports in the world."
Najib also urged all public services staff, including those at the hospital to adopt this concept of transformation and become their own agent of transformation for their respective field.
In tandem with the physical upgradings of the hospital, Najib said the 9,500 staff needed to ensure the facility was user friendly.
He said when he approved the special RM300 million budget for HKL, he insisted for there to be a multi storey carpark set up to facilitate patients and staff, as finding parking spots were a perennial problem there.
The Works Ministery is expected to complete the overall upgrading works by January 2015. However, Najib urged for most of it to be completed earlier.
Later, Najib met with patients, visited wards and other facilities before officially launching the hospital's new Specialist Clinic Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC).
Also present were Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Mansor and Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor being briefed by director of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Datuk Dr. Zaininah Mohd Zain (right), while Head of Medicine HKL, Datuk Dr. Jeyaindran (left) looks on. -- NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor talking to some of the patients in Hospital Kuala Lumpur during a working visit to the hospital this morning. -- NSTP/Syarafiq Abd Samad
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak listens to a briefing by HKL Diagnostic Imaging Department staff during his visit to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital today. -- NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor looking at the model of the brand new Specialist Clinic Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC) Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) during his visit to the hospital this morning. Also present was Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (right), Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr. Ali Hamsa (left), HKL Director, Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain (second from right) and Health Ministry Deputy Director - General (Medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinadurai. Pix by Khairull Azry Bidin.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak being greeted by HKL staff during his visit to the hospital this morning. -- Khairull Azry Bidin
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shake hands with staff of Hospital Kuala Lumpur during his working visit to the hospital this morning. Also present with him is Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. -- Pix by Khairull Azry Bidin