Sindh Healthcare Commission to be launched by month end

KARACHI: Long-awaited Sindh Healthcare Commission would be launched by the end of January 2018 and registration of healthcare facilities would be started all over the province after the functioning of this regulatory authority.

Chairman, Sindh Healthcare Commission, Prof Dr Tipu Sultan, while talking to PPI, said long-awaited Sindh Healthcare Commission is being launched in Sindh province in the end of the January. The Sindh Healthcare Commission is a regulatory authority constituted by Sindh Health Department to register and monitor public & private hospitals and eliminate quackery in the province.

He said aim of introducing Sindh Healthcare Commission is to provide quality healthcare facilities to residents of Sindh province and get rid of quackery. He said all private hospitals, clinics, maternity homes, blood banks and laboratories would be registered across the province.

He said Sindh Healthcare Commission office was established Doctors’ Plaza, near Teen Talwar(Three swords) Clifton where seven directors and chief executive officer(CEO) of commission, currently are sitting on regular basis to finalize the arrangements to launch the commission.

Prof Tipu Sultan said Sindh government had released a Rs100 million seed money for the commission and hiring of 65 employees for Sindh Healthcare Commission Secretariat would be begin very soon.

He said a total 135 employees would be recruited to run the secretariat affairs. He said officials like directors, deputy directors, assistant directors, health inspectors and others staff would be hired to run the affairs smoothly.

Earlier, Sindh Assembly had passed the Sindh Healthcare Commission bill into law on 24th February 2014 and the governor Sindh has accorded assent to it on 19th March 2014. The bill was aimed to improve healthcare quality, protecting patients’ rights, doctors’ safety at healthcares, monitoring of public and private hospitals and ending practice of quackery in the medical field that plays with the life of patients.

However, the Healthcare Commissions are successfully operational in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.