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Private clinics asked to improve services

Private clinics asked to improve services

Aug 12, 2012 - 21:39

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Private healthinfo-icon facilities would face legal action under a new regulation if they did not improve their services within a year, the public health minister warned on Sunday.

Dr. Suraya Dalil told a media briefing in Kabul that parliament had approved the seven-chapter regulation governing private health clinics’ affairs, including their structure, recruitment and fees.

Currently, 220 private health centres are operational across the country, but they have several shortcomings that have to be overcome under the rule.

In accordance with the constitution and the national interest, she said the ministry welcomed private investment in the health sector.

If the private clinics did not introduce the required services within a year, they would be warned, fined before being closed or their permits cancelled, the minister explained.

“With the implementation of this regulation, we will face problems because some private clinics will cease to exist and others will be merged. We request the relevant state organs, including parliament, to help us enforce this rule.”

Under the regulation, the authorities concerned would keep an eye on health-related advertisements, which would be released to the media after the ministry’s approval.


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