Health Ministry lodges police report against officer for theft

Health Ministry lodges police report against officer for theft
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry has lodged a police report against an officer who was found to have stolen hospital equipment following revelation of missing assets in the Auditor-General's Report 2013.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the officer who was caught stealing on close-circuit television camera at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur's had resigned.

"We have lodged a police report and the case is under investigation," he said at a press conference after the launch of the Malaysia Neuro Symposium: Transformative Technologies on Thursday.

On Monday, it was reported that the Health Ministry had lost 7,712 assets worth at least RM44 million (S$17.04 million) between 2011 and 2013, according to the AG's Report.

From the total, stocks of medicine worth RM1.21 million was stolen from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and a further RM240,000 from Hospital Pulau Pinang.

It also revealed that there were recurring losses of four types of assets, namely air conditioning compressors, syringe pumps, physiologic monitoring systems, and pulse oxymeters worth RM610,000.

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