SHCC to issue regular licenses to health facilities – Pakistan

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KARACHI: The Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) has decided to issue regular licenses to healthcare institutions in the province, SHCC Chief Executive Dr. Ahson Qavi Siddiqi said Monday during an interactive media session held at a local hotel.

“We have completed the process of inspecting eight hospitals and regular licenses will be issued to them soon,” he said, adding that the services of Pakistan Printing Press (PPP) would be acquired for printing licenses to avoid forgery.

He indicated that the process of registering hospitals and care units in the province is ongoing and that in this regard, some 11,470 entities, including public and private hospitals, have been registered in the last four years. “Over the past three years, the commission has received 12,000 applications from hospitals and clinics for a registration certificate,” he added.

“Some 491 hospitals have also received provisional licenses,” he added.

Regarding patient complaints against hospitals, he said that 45% of the complaints were decided in favor of the patients.

He said that the SHCC has adopted a new mechanism to counter quackery in the province, adding that the SHCC has also adopted a follow-up visit plan for clinics seized by the commission. Soon, he added, regional offices of SHCC will be made operational in all districts of Sindh

Regarding the lack of staff in the commission, he informed that IBA Sukkur has been asked to carry out tests so that more appointments can be made for the proper functioning of the authority.

He said an anti-quackery campaign continues in the province.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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