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Clinical Establishment Act to cover all govt., pivate hospitals
CHENNAI, MARCH 23, 2018 00:00 IST
Rules for basic amenities to be notified
The State is poised to have a Clinical Establishment Act that will cover private and government hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries and diagnostic facilities, including those under AYUSH.
The law, an amendment of the existing Tamil Nadu Private Clinical Establishment Act enacted first in 1997, will bring under its ambit all clinical establishments, would be in effect after the Governor’s approval.
Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar said on Thursday that rules would be framed after the Act had been approved. The rules would delineate the basic requirements for a medical establishment — be it a diagnostic centre, dispensary, nursing home, clinic or hospital.
“The aim is to ensure that basic amenities required for quality care are maintained in a healthcare facility. The Act would cover private and government facilities. We have consulted all doctors’ associations, including AYUSH, and they all wanted such an Act. The Assembly has also approved it,” he said.
9 months to register
The existing establishments would be given nine months to register with the government and the new ones would get six months. The details of all the registered hospitals would be on public domain. No concession would be given to any hospital, Dr. Vijaya Baskar said.
“The idea is not to punish but to ensure quality care. The norms would specify the requirement for a facility, the number of beds, the intensive care unit requirements, space, number of doctors and nurses. This would give people an assurance of quality of the hospital and the quality of care given by it,” Dr. Vijaya Baskar explained.
Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said within two three days of passing the Act the rules would be in place. The Act and the rules would be framed in consultation with the Law department and within a week the rules would be in force.
Establishments that do not comply with the rules would be fined a minimum of Rs. 5,000 and a maximum of Rs. 50,000. Repeat offences could lead to cancellation of their registration, he added.
The Act was envisaged to bring under one law all facilities instead of the present system of separate laws to govern scan centres, family planning centres, and organ donations.