Saturday, 26 July 2008
Kepala Batas Hospital which was situated in the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was initiated and build when Pak Lah took over the reign from former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Pak Lah's move after became prime minister is to upgrade his constituency to a possible city status in near future, where several major federal government agencies were relocated to this area to boast development and to increase the property value in that area.
To fully equip his constituency, a healthcare centre was top on his development list reasoning that the present Seberang Jaya Hospital could not accomodate the entire Seberang Perai population and the purpose of the Kepala Batas Hospital was to support the population in his area which had seen its population increasing since then.
However, after years goes by, Kepala Batas Hospital has been build and now operational with the most sophisticated health system installed, the hospital was still seen as merely a decoration only to uphold the township status for Kepala Batas for the sake of Pak Lah.Most patients who had checked in or visited the Kepala Batas Hospital had complained that they were often turned away by the health staff there and referred to Seberang Jaya Hospital (which has been overloaded almost daily) instead, reasoning that shortage of medical officers (doctors), specialists and support staff to cater the health needs of the Kepala Batas population.
The situation had not improve ever since the hospital was officiated till today and the Kepala Batas Hospital still sits in that particular area today with insufficient health provision to its people there.Well, the hospital is still there anyway merely as a window dressing to suit Pak Lah's constituency status as a developed township after he became prime minister. Wastage of public funds.