“Regulating health facilities for safe and quality treatment”
LAHORE: Providing people with quality health care has been a challenge. It is imperative to regulate the health facilities available under an authoritarian system. The population has already increased enormously. If left unchecked, it will be more difficult to make the health system work in the near future.
These views were expressed by speakers during a panel discussion jointly organized by the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) and the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society MKRMS (Jang Group of Newspapers) on the issue “The quality and treatment safety are the first priority of the Punjab Health Care Commission.
The speakers were of the opinion that the Punjab Health Care Commission was established to curb the growing cases of neglect, mismanagement and irregularities in treatment and health services as the situation demanded the establishment of an independent and competent body at the provincial level. It was absolutely necessary to establish minimum standards for health services for non-governmental clinics and to ensure their proper implementation.
At the same time, it was important to devise effective strategies against unqualified doctors and nurses to protect their patients from disability, paralysis and physical handicaps or death, the speakers said.
The special guest of the function was MPA Khawaja Salman Rafique. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Muhammad Saqib Aziz, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Healthcare Commission. Distinguished guests included former Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Punjab Health Care Commission, Prof. Dr Atiya Mubarak, Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, Prof. Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Shaukat, Prof. Dr. Saeed Qazi, Vice President. -Chancellor Fatima Jinnah University of Medicine. Prof Dr Amir Zaman Khan, CEO Punjab Health Initiative Management Company Dr Ali Razzaq, Principal SIMS Prof Dr Muhammad Farooq Afzal, Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Tasneem, Director of Gynecology Sims Prof Dr Tayyaba, Executive Director Punjab Institute of Cardiology Prof Dr Bilal Mohi, Prof Dr Zahid Bashir, Principal, Shalimar Medical and Dental College, Prof Dr Mahmood Ayaz, Former Director, SIMS, Prof Dr Faisal Dar, Dean, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute, Prof Dr Amir Mufti, President, MS Services Hospital, Prof Dr Ashraf Nizami , President, PMA Academy of Family Physicians, Dr Tariq Mian, Director of Clinical Governance and Organizational Standards Punjab Healthcare Commission Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Silharia, Dr Jamshed Ahmed (WHO Punjab), Dr Javed Hayat Khan (PKLI), Dean Institute of Public Health Prof Dr Zarfshan Tahir and Provincial Urban Health Specialist UNICEF Punjab Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Shad.
Khawaja Salman Rafique, addressing the rally, said: “We have to move forward with confidence. We are happy to see the doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical staff doing their duty. We still have work to do and we must move forward. We will also seek advice from senior medical teachers and specialists in your undergraduate and postgraduate program, as technically you need to guide us.
Punjab Health Care Commission Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz said teaching medical ethics to all doctors and staff is imperative for safe and quality treatment.
He gave examples of specialist treatment of doctors in various reputed hospitals without the required academic qualifications which is against all the prevailing rules and regulations of the Medical Commission of Pakistan.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Suhlaria gave a presentation on minimum facilities for primary health care and safe treatment. He explained the international rules and standards.
Professor Dr Khalid Masood Gondal said the Punjab Health Care Commission was doing positive work. Prof Dr Faisal Dar in his address said that this roundtable was organized on a very good topic. He said the World Health Organization has given the best definition of health care. We must think about repairing the hospital system. Every hospital should have quality care departments and service delivery should be further improved for which development should be done in phases, he said. Professor Dr Masood Sadiq said: “If we are talking about a regulatory body, we have to see its role all over the world. There should be regulation in hospitals as well.
He said that the role of the Punjab Health Care Commission has been greatly enhanced, although its function should only be the regulation of treatment in hospitals.
Professor Tayyaba Waseem said that during the conference patient safety and quality of care were discussed which is best practice. All the blame should not be placed on nurses and doctors. There is also some patient involvement in this process. If we look at foreign countries, we see a limited number of patients there, so patients are not seen, whereas in our country this is not the case. It is said that there are two or three patients in a bed, but you look at the fact that we do not refuse incoming patients and that we do not treat them. We must strictly enforce population control, if the population continues to grow at this rate. In the days to come, the situation will get worse. If we work on population control, many of our problems will be solved.
Professor Dr Mahmood Ayaz said every patient is important. Professor Saeed Qazi said quality will only come when quantity is less. We need to improve the quality, he said.
Professor Dr Amir Zaman said that over the past ten years since PHC was established, the standard treatment has improved a lot but there is always room for improvement. He said now units have been set up in hospitals for quality. Professor Nadeem Hayat Malik said having SSP is a positive process. Prof. Dr. Atiya Mubarak said that PHC is an excellent institution, but there are some problems such as lack of staff and low budget.
Professor Farooq Afzal said there are four important aspects of values-based health. Patient safety is discussed in this seminar which is a process of improvement. We need to work on education in this regard, he said.
Professor Dr. Mahmood Shaukat said that success is only achieved by following the truth. We have to stop copying others. The health policy must be formulated for three or five years and must be worked on, he said. Professor Riaz Ahmad Tasneem said things had to be controlled from the start.
We shouldn’t take them to the level where they need to be fixed later. There are more complaints about public hospitals, he said.
Dr. Amir Mufti said: “Every time a patient comes to us, we explain it to him and he is fully satisfied in any case.” Professor Dr Ashraf Nizami said, “We should look at the realities on the ground and at the same time talk about technical consultation. Dr Ali Razzaq said, “At present, we have 788 public and private hospitals registered and we are now working on quality care.
Dr Zahid Bashir said the system needed to be reviewed. Hospitals and institutions need to monitor their staff. Dr Huma Rashid said: “We have to make decisions that reduce the problems. We also need to talk about cutting costs and embracing digitization to minimize the burden of paperwork. Speaking on the occasion, Wasif Nagi said that PHC is an independent body whose main objective is to improve and preserve the minimum standard of health service delivery in government and non-government health centers and clinics. .
Professor Zarfshan Tahir said training on minimum standards of healthcare is very important. Their quality must be ensured and all this must be done in collaboration with any institution. The Health Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with us. We will provide training to them from our platform to improve the quality of training, she said.