University Teaching Hospitals Form Consortium To Save Costs

The Star Friday, 16 June, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, 16 June 2017 – The country’s five university teaching hospitals have formed a strategic partnership in an effort to save costs and deal with budget cuts.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this could result in at least a 30% savings in the purchase of medication and medical equipment for them.

“Within three months (of forming this strategic partnership), you can see a real reduction in costs,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at his ministry yesterday.

The five hospitals are University of Malaya Medical Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia Medical Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia Medical Centre and Universiti Teknologi Mara Teaching Hospital.

The universities running these hospitals — Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), International Islamic University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara — signed the MoA to form the Public University Teaching Hospitals Consortium.

“As a sign of support, this strategic partnership will include Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, National Defence University of Malaysia and Uni­versiti Malaysia Sarawak which offer medical courses but do not have their own teaching hospital.

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