On 10 August, the Sessions Court was told that Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd had no licence for the handling of X-ray apparatus. The centre is currently facing charges in connection with the death of the deputy prime minister’s son-in-law, Datuk Syed Alman Zain Syed Alwi, during his treatment there last year.

According to Principal Senior Assistant Director, Private Licensing Unit (Radiology), Medical Radiation Regulatory Division of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Mohd Khairudin Mohamed Samsi, there was a licence issued to Beverly Willshire Dental Specialist Centre, instead. The centre is situated at the same address as Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd.

Upon investigation, the licence was found to be issued to Beverly Willshire Dental Specialist Centre – registered under the name of Dr How Kim Chuan, who is the owner of the dental specialist centre, remarked Mohd Khairudin.

“Two apparatus were licenced, namely the ‘Intra Oral” and “Orthopanthomography’ (OPG) and only Dr How is registered as the operator of the apparatus mentioned,” he explained.

Mohd Khairudin is the seventh prosecution witness who performed the check after being instructed by the Investigating officer from the private Medical Practice Control Branch, Dr Siti Khadijah Hawari, on 20 March 2017.

He also told the court that on 22 March, his office received an application from Dr How to change the premise name of the licensee of the X-ray apparatus handler from Beverly Willshire Dental Specialist Centre to Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd.

Victim appeared to be listless at the end of treatment

Previously on 8 June, a witness also told the Sessions Court that Datuk Syed Alman Zain appeared listless towards the final stage of treatment at the Centre.

Sungai Buloh Hospital Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department head, Dr Lim Wee Leong, 59, said – based on his observation – Syed Alman Zain was given excessive sedative which caused the patient to suffer breathing difficulties, which required the doctor in attendance to resuscitate him.

“When he entered the treatment room, he appeared to be fine. But, towards the end of the process, he was lifeless as he sat slouched with his legs dangling from the dental chair,” he explained.

Dr Lim came to the conclusion after viewing a six-minute closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, which recorded the patient’s treatment process, during the hearing.

The alleged offences

On 1 June 2016, Syed Alman Zain underwent treatment at the centre and passed away later in the day. The dental centre was then represented by its director Dr Wong Yen Ling on 12 August 2016, who pleaded not guilty to the nine charges.

Dr Wong, the licence-holder, was among others charged with failing to ensure that Dr Ting Teck Chin, a locum who administered anaesthesia on Syed Alman Zain, was a qualified anaesthesiologist.

The clinic was also charged with failing to ensure that qualified individuals performed radiological procedures (orthopantomogram), anaesthesia and IV sedation on Syed Alman Zain.

The company was also charged with failing to provide oxygen as basic emergency care service, as well as failure of medical records submission to University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) when he was transferred there.

The failure to keep and maintain a staff register record, adhere to medicine labelling regulations and take adequate measures to protect its professional healthcare staff and environment from biological hazards were also taken into account.

The hearing will continue on 5 and 6 September. MIMS

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