Watchdog for private hospitals
COLOMBO: Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva
has appointed a Regulatory Commission to register, systematise,
supervise and inspect private medical institutions.
"All unregistered private medical institutions should be registered
with the Commission within three months," a Health Ministry spokesman
said. Although there are about 200 private medical institutions in
operation only 80 have been registered with the Ministry.
They should charge a reasonable fee for the services they provide for
patients without charging exorbitant fees, the spokesman said.
The new Commission will oversee all new private medical institutions
mushrooming all over the country. This will be done in order to provide
a better health care service to the public for the high fees charged by
The Commission is empowered to monitor whether these private medical
institutions recruit persons with the relevant minimum qualifications,
whether they train them according to the relevant minimum standards and
whether they ensure quality of service.
The Commission will formulate a special programme to ensure that
patients receive quality health care and service.