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Bangladesh Moves Towards Greater Healthcare Quality in Private Hospitals, Clinics

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The government in Bangladesh is framing a new law with the view to improving the quality of healthcare services in private hospitals and clinics in Bangladesh, writes The Daily Star. The new law has been sent to the cabinet division.

Standards of service delivery will be fixed and licences will not be issued unless the hospitals comply with the criteria. Licences will also not be renewed. The move comes as the number of private hospitals and clinics in the country is increasing since public hospitals struggle to meet the growing demand for healthcare.

The existing law, Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982, falls short of expectations for quality medical care among treatment-seekers. The law has fixed the ratio of doctors and nurses against hospital beds, but fails to measure whether the hospitals are providing quality services. The new legislation will create the scope for ensuring quality healthcare services.

Along with the framing of the new legislation, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has also stepped in to fix the prices of similar services provided by private hospitals and clinics, particularly for those that operate outside of Dhaka.

The DGHS director also talked about his office’s move to frame a separate law for accreditation of hospitals as a mark of their healthcare quality. The government may impose minimum criteria for everyone to operate hospitals. Without complying with the criteria, none can operate. But if a hospital chooses to get an accreditation for further improvement, it can be accredited.

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