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Parking problem at KL hospital to be over by january 2015, says Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today visited the parking space-starved Kuala Lumpur Hospital and hit the nail on the head when he insisted there must be a multi-storey car park in what the government wants to be a user-friendly premier hospital of world standard.

The prime minister said the construction of the multi-storey car park was expected to be completed in January 2015.

“We must make this hospital user-friendly in all aspects. One of the grouses I hear often is the lack of parking space. I insist that there must a multi-storey car park here or the situation will remain chaotic,” he said in his speech at the opening of the specialist clinic and ambulatory care centre during the working visit.

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“People are parking haphazardly, and staff have difficulty finding a parking bay. We must resolve this problem in the (development) package to be implemented.

Christmas_najib_01“The JKR (Works) minister (Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor) says the (car park) project will be completed in 2015. The faster, the better,” Najib said.

The prime minister said it was the desire of the government to see KL Hospital develop into a premier hospital of world standard. The government had allocated RM300 million in Budget 2012 for the upgrading of the hospital, he said.

“Personally, after having been a patient of the hospital on two occasions, I have the desire, emotionally and sentimentally, to help KL Hospital to shine as a premier hospital of world standard,” he said. That was why, he said, he had made an extraordinary allocation of RM300 million in Budget 2012.

Najib said it was the objective of the government to have every government department feel that it was an agent of transformation and execute the transformation within its own scope.

The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor; Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor were also present at the event.  Besides opening the Specialist Clinic and Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC), Najib also toured an exhibition and a few wards, including the CCU (coronary care unit).

The SCACC is housed in an eight-storey building located on 1.38 hectares facing Jalan Pahang. It has 16 different disciplines in the specialist clinics and 184 consultation rooms in all.  The ambulatory centre component of the SCACC houses 10 operation theatres and a day-care unit.

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