May 04, 2010

Lok Sabha passes the Clinical Establishments Bill to regulate private hospitals and clinics

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Clinical Establishments Bill to regulate private hospitals and clinics across the country. “It would also ensure that no clinic runs unless it has been duly registered in accordance with the prescribed procedure,” Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

No debate

The Bill was passed without any discussion as the House witnessed uproar over reported scam in allocation of 2G spectrum and the alleged links of a Union Minister with an arms dealer.

According to the Bill, every establishment will have to follow minimum standards of facilities and services for registration and continuation of operation.

The establishments will have to provide the medical examination and treatment as may be required to stabilise the emergency medical condition of any individual, who is brought to the facility.

The Bill envisages the setting up of a National Council for Clinical Establishments and State councils to regulate the medical facilities.

The State councils will be responsible for compiling and updating the State register of clinical establishments and sending monthly returns in digital format for updating the national register.

A State government will set up district authorities for registration of health units, with the collector and district health officer as members.

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