Panel invites public opinion for Act on Clinical Establishments

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 8:44am IST | Place: Mumbai

Here’s your chance to throw in your opinion and suggestion for a law that will be the guideline for medical clinics across Maharashtra. A state government-appointed committee, which is reviewing the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010, wants citizens to chip in with their opinion for the state Clinical Establishment Act.

This act, as its very title suggests, will lay down a framework of guidelines for dos and don’ts in clinics for medical practitioners.

To ensure welfare of patients, the 19-member state panel has also sought feedback from non-governmental organisations that work in the health sector.

The state health department had set up this panel to review the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010, after facing stiff resistance from members of the medical fraternity.

The high-powered committee is headed by the chairman of the state’s medical council, Dr Kishor Taori. Other stakeholders from the medical fraternity are also included in this committee.

Already, a couple of meetings were organised in this regard. The committee recently published advertisements in newspapers, announcing that work is going on to make the Clinical Establishment Act state-specific. People can send in their opinions and suggestions by email (ceamaharashtrap@gmail.com), before January 30.

Dr Taori said that while making the law, they want to take people into confidence and are, therefore, seeking opinion from the public.

Since two years, the government has been keen that the Act be implemented across the state.

Doctors, however, have been reluctant to follow the guidelines prescribed by the central government.

The health department had recently organised a meeting of all stakeholders to discuss matters regarding implementation of the Act.

The reason that members of the medical fraternity are not in favour of this Act is that it has very stringent rules, says Dr Anil Pachnekar, president of the Indian Medical Association (Maharashtra), who also member of this committee, The Act, said, Dr Anil Pachnekar, lays down specifications about area of a general practioner’s clinic. It states that it should measure at least 400sqft, which doctors argue is not possible in a space-starved ciy like Mumbai.

“The act also states that every clinic requires to have high-end equipment besides having paramedical and nursing staff, something that every doctor does not necessarily require,” said Dr Pachnekar. “Besides, every doctor will have to set up a casualty department to his clinical establishment to stabilise a patient just before he or she can be transferred to a hospital.”

Dr Pachnekar said that these specifications could pose a problem for general practitioners, consdering that a penalty will be levied in case doctors fail to comply.

The committee will also suggest if the central Act be tweaked to suit requirements for the state.

“States like Andhra, Punjab, and Keralahave contemplated changing the draft Bill to suit their needs as the original Act lays down very stringent rules,” said Dr Pachnekar.

Here’s where you can write in
A state-appointed panel which is in the process of laying down a state-centric  law for medical clinics has invited suggestions from the public at large.


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