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CII: Industry should be involved in determining healthcare standard

The recently introduced Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2007 has drawn concerns from the healthcare industry. The Bill aims for a national footprint by providing for the registration and regulation of clinical establishments in the country with a view to prescribe minimum standards of facilities and services which may be provided by them. However its scope is currently restricted to only Union territories & 4 states. It is desirable that the Government first hold consultations with all State Governments and important stakeholders to arrive at a national Consensus instead of moving forward and introducing the Act in a piecemeal manner. The proposed composition of the National Council must include representation from the industry since the private sector is one of the largest stakeholders in providing healthcare in the country. The Bill suggests a “consultative process for determining standards and for classification of clinical establishments.” It is pertinent to involve the largest stakeholders

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