Jan Arogya Abhiyan (JAA),a state-wide network of civil society organisations,activists and doctors working for right to health,welcomed the decision of state Health Minister Suresh Shetty to set up a multi-stakeholder committee to formulate state level Clinical Establishment Act and pass it in the budget session of the Assembly in February-March next year.
Dr Anant Phadke,Co-Convenor,JAA said finally the road is clear to formulate the Act,regulate private hospitals and protect patients rights in the state.
The decision to set up a committee was taken at a high-level multi-stakeholder meeting on December 3 in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by Minister for Health Fauzia Khan,Rajya Sabha member Husain Dalwai and health officials along with representatives of Jan Arogya Abhiyan(JAA),Observer Research Foundation,medical professionals associations and the president of the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).
It was decided that the Act will be drafted within two months by a joint drafting committee comprising representatives of JAA,civil society organisations and medical doctors associations under the chairmanship of MMC President Dr Kishore Taori. The panel would build upon the positive features of the Act and overcome its various deficiencies. The draft Act will then be presented in the Assembly session in February-March next year.
While making a presentation on lacunae in Centres Clinical Establishment Act,Phadke urged for enactment of better piece of legislation at state level which would include patients rights charter,grievance redressal mechanism for patients and doctors,civil society representation at district level,multi-stakeholder appellate body at district level among others. Floor-space requirement for single doctor OPD clinic and poly OPD clinic are unnecessary and will not fulfill any purpose of regulation,added Phadke.