After a prolong delay, controversy and protests, a bill to monitor and control private medical institutions was presented in parliament yesterday.
The proposed legislation titled `Private Medical Institutions (Registration) Bill` was presented by Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and will be taken up for debate later.
The bill had been in the making for several years amidst protests and claims by various parties.
The bill provides for the registration, regulation, monitoring and inspection of private medical institutions.
It also provides for the necessary infrastructure to foster the development of private medical institutions.
The new laws will prevent anyone from establishing, maintaining or operating a private medical institution without a certificate of registration from the Private Health Services Regulatory Council. Applications for a certificate of registration must be made through the Provincial Director of Health Services.
The Regulatory Council will comprise a representative from the Independent Medical Practitioners Association, the Sri Lanka Dental Association and the Society of General Medical Practitioners.
There will also be one person each from the fields of accountancy, management and nursing and five representatives from the Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes.
The Regulatory Council will also include the Director General of Health Services, the Director in Charge of the development of the private health sector, the Registrar of the Sri Lanka Medical Council and one Provincial Director of Health Services as ex-officio members. The Director General of Health Services will be the chairman of the council.