Ghana: MDC Institutes Policy Guide for Health Professionals

The Medical and Dental Council (MDC) has instituted a policy guide that requires medical professionals to wear appropriate attire in the healthcare setting or facility.

This would help weed out unlicensed, unregistered or bogus practitioners in the healthcare industry.

This was revealed at the launch of the policy and dialogue organized by the MDC in Accra yesterday.

Dr Daniel Asare, Chairman of the Board of the Healthcare Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA), whose speech was read on his behalf by Dr Philip Bannerman, said the policy would require all practitioners , including physicians, dental surgeons and medical assistants, wear appropriate professional clothing at all times. while in the health facility.

This, he said, would help build professionalism, promote good practice and make it easier for patients to identify caregivers, make informed decisions about choosing their practitioner and improve the quality and safety of patient care. patients.

“The policy guide aims to promote easy identification of the different categories of practitioners working in the healthcare space, to promote professionalism and infection prevention and control (IP&C) practices, by linking a practitioner to each file medical or report or test or prescription and weeding among others, unlicensed, unregistered or unqualified practitioners,” he said.

DrAsare said the policy which includes a stamps policy, name badges and appropriate professional attire would cover all practitioners registered and licensed by the board.

According to him, this would also include practitioners working in government health facilities, private health facilities, the Christian Health Association of Ghana and other faith-based organizations.

“The self-inking stamp as approved by the board must bear the practitioner’s name, designation, which includes the board’s registration number, establishment, signature and date,” he said. .

Dr Asare added that the MDC registration number would serve as a unique identifier and help differentiate between different categories of practitioners in the class of registers under the law.

He said the pad would be used by the doctor when making prescriptions, issuing medical reports or records or documents required by law, writing referrals, and issuing lab tests or requisitions. imagery.

Prof. Richard Mawuena Kofi Adanu, Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, said in a presentation that trained doctors who would be entered into the register must meet the requirements of having obtained basic medical training.

He said that the practitioner must also have completed the two-year rotation of the household officer and the three-year basic specialization training.

He was optimistic that the policy would improve the regulation of medical and dental practice, while ensuring practice limits for practitioners and a guide for the general public on where to seek services.

Professor Francis Ofei, from the University of Cape Coast’s School of Medical Sciences, said MDC’s observation in accessing candidates who receive their basic medical training overseas found that most of applicants lacked knowledge of basic health practice.

“We found that some of these medical students have basic training in general arts, visual arts, business among others but end up going into medicine, while others lack practical training,” he added.

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