Health Ministry proposes minimum standards for clinical establishments
- July 25, 2019
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In order to standardise healthcare services, the Health ministry has proposed a set of “minimum standards of facilities and services” that has to be adhered to by clinical establishments offering allopathy and AYUSH mode of treatments for obtaining registration.
According to the “minimum standards” proposed in the amendments for the Clinical Establishment (Central Government) Rules, 2019, health facilities not complying with prescribed norms in terms of infrastructure, manpower, equipment, drugs, support service and record registration will not be granted registration.
Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, makes registration a must for running a clinical establishment.
“At present, minimum standards are available only for medical diagnostic labs which were notified in May 21, 2018. The proposed amendments are aimed at bringing an uniformity in standard of healthcare services provided by several establishments,” an official source said.
The draft notification on Clinical Establishment (Central Government) Third Amendment Rules, 2019, have been put up on the website of the Health Ministry and comments have been sought from stakeholders within 43 days.
According to the proposed standards, the physical facility shall be developed and maintained to provide safe and secure environment for patients, their families, staff and visitors and should be situated in a place having clean surroundings and shall comply with local by-laws in force, if any, from time to time.
There has to be a minimum space requirement for carrying out basic functions of the facility as prescribed in the rules.
“The clinic facility shall be well illuminated, ventilated and clean with adequate water supply. It shall have a prominent board or signage displaying the name of the clinic in local language at the gate or on the building of the clinic,” the draft amendments stated.
Besides, the name of the doctor with registration number, fee structure of various doctors or specialists, timings of clinics and services provided within the facility should be well displayed in signages in language understood by the local public in the area.
Under the category of Human Resource, the proposed standards state that the general practitioner or specialist doctor or super-specialist doctors as per the scope of the clinic or polyclinic shall be registered with State or Cent ..
“The services provided by the medical professionals should be in consonance with their qualification, training and registration. In a clinic or polyclinic, minimum one support staff must be available to meet the care treatment and service needs of the patient.