The new amendment was proposed to ensure that all clinical establishments across the country are registered and regulated. The key feature of the Act is the existence of a comprehensive registry that contains relevant information about the nation as a whole, the identification of various medical institutions depending on the categories and minimum standards. This seeks to identify the minimum standards for all medical facilities and assist the government in collecting information and data from clinical facilities needed for public health initiatives like disease and disaster management.
The Health Ministry has proposed the third amendment of the Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules to bring consistency in the standard of healthcare services provided by several establishments. The amendment proposes to create the minimum standards of Allopathy and AYUSH medical establishment under Rule 8B of the 2010 Medical Establishment Act. Minimum Medical Quality (General) as described below:
- Clinic or Polyclinic: only Consultation, With Dispensary, Diagnostic Support and Observation facility
- Mobile Clinic: Only Consultation With Procedures and Dental Mobile.
- Hospitals: Level 1 to 3
- Health Check-up Centre
- Dental Lab
- Integrated Counselling Centre
Such collection of specific minimum standards apply equally to a sole physician or more than one doctor’s office operated by a general practitioner or specialty doctor or mega professional or a team of physicians who are themselves delivering patient care services such as drug administration, infusion and dressing.