LAHORE - The Punjab Healthcare Commission has so far carried out more than 14,950 inspections of 11,942 healthcare establishments (HCEs) in the province.

As per details, these inspections have been made in both public and private entities in different stages for ensuring implementation of the Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS). Out of the total inspected HCEs, 1,341 are from the public sector, while the rest are private establishments. The MSDS for almost all kinds of HCEs have been developed after thorough consultations with all the stakeholders, and the PHC has imparted training on these Standards to the healthcare service providers and managers from across the province.

For ensuring implementation of the MSDS, the primary needs of the treatment system have been also included. Certain other important features have been outlined as well, which include access, assessment and continuity of care, management of medication, patients’ rights and awareness, patients’ care, hospital infection control, continuous quality improvement, responsibilities of management, facility management and safety, human resource management, information management system, and suitable arrangements for waste disposal. “This is for the first time in the history of the SAARC countries that the MSDS have been developed and implemented institutionally in a well-coordinated manner,” added the spokesperson of the Commission.