If you ever have to stay at a hospital, you would expect to be taken care of and fed. But for healthcare workers, the cafeteria at Sungai Buloh Hospital closes at 6pm, and the most accessible option would be to order in.
But what if that was against hospital rules?
Last night, a tweet was posted by HartalDoktorKontrak claiming that Sungai Buloh Hospital has put a ban on food delivery services for their staff and patients.
Yg buat keputusan dah lupa kot rasa tengah oncall & rasa lapar, sebab tu buat keputusan mcm ni. pic.twitter.com/rPCICu6p2e
— HartalDoktorKontrak (@HKontrak) August 10, 2022
The caption reads, “Those who make the decision have forgotten what it feels like to be on call and feel hungry, that’s why they made this decision.”
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii took to Twitter to express his concerns about the matter, calling the ban illogical and unfair for healthcare workers.
This for me is illogical and unfair for healthcare workers especially those on-calls after 6pm when the cafeteria closes.Even if you want help the cafeteria, not at the expense of the choice & convenience for the health workers. I hope @KKMPutrajaya takes note. pic.twitter.com/tZSQamW39w
— Kelvin yii (@Kelvinyii88) August 10, 2022
The apparent reason why the hospital’s management would issue such a ban was to reduce food wastage and disorderly delivery packaging attracting pests into the hospital. In the snippet of the circular posts, this was amongst other reasons for the ban.
You might be thinking, “This makes no sense.” and the problem of food wastage and pests should be handled accordingly, not at the expense of patients and employees.
Dr Yii posted another tweet following up on BFM’s report, pleading for the hospital management to find better alternatives to manage the issue at hand.
Find better alternatives. how will banning delivery help? Not all staff have time to go to cafeteria eat? If they take away, it also increases the waste. Most jus get a quik delivery, steal a bite in pantry and continue working in their wards especially those on-call post 6pm
— Kelvin yii (@Kelvinyii88) August 11, 2022
Do you think the ban is as ludicrous as we do, or do you agree with the proposed solution? Tell us your suggestions in the comments.