Licences issued to 18,000 hospitals, clinics in Punjab

Staff Reporter

The Punjab Healthcare Commission has registered over 33,000 small and big hospitals, basic health units, clinics of individual doctors, homoeopaths, Hakeems, pathological and radiological diagnostic centres and issued 18,000 licences to them.
This was stated by chief operating officer of the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC), Dr Ajmal Khan, while talking to media persons here on Sunday.
He said that at present 47,000 hospitals, basic health units, doctors’ clinics, laboratories, hakeems and homoeopaths were operating in Punjab. He said that the PHC was trying to register all stakeholders in a minimum time period.
Dr Ajmal, explaining the procedure, said that within 14 days of receiving any application from a hospital or an individual doctor or homeopath, the PHC issues conditional registration after physical verification and evaluation of the health facility.
He said that the PHC arranges training and capacity building of the persons on minimum service delivery standards, and after that, the final registration and licence is issued.
He said that the commission had so far imparted training to more than 9,000 persons, affiliated with health profession.
He disclosed that more than 1,000 complaints had also been received by the PHC on which action had been taken against a number of senior doctors and hospitals.

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