Health Facilities Regulatory Agency to Commence Operations

The Offices of the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency will be opened to the Public by 1st March, 2016 although there is a temporal suspension of services Health Facilities Regulatory Agency.

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Dr Anyah
Dr Anyah

This was contained in a statement signed by DR. Felix Anyah, Board Chairman-Health Facilities Regulatory Agency.

Dr Anyah
Dr Anyah

Read full statement below:

Temporary Suspension of Services Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HEFRA)

It has become necessary to temporarily suspend the services of the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HEFRA) to allow for smooth handing over and transition, in compliance with standards, operations under the law.

However, the Offices of the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency shall be opened to the Public by 1st March, 2016.

The Private Hospitals and Maternity Homes Act, Act 9 enacted in 1958 and later amended by NLC Decree 395 in 1969 established the Private Hospitals and Maternity Homes Board (PHMHB) to regulate all Private Hospitals and Maternity Homes in Ghana.

The PHMHB has now had its roles and functions upgraded and taken over by the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency due to the amendment of the NLC Decree 395 to Health Facilities Regulatory Agency Act, Act 829 in 2011.

The Health Facilities Regulatory Agency now has the following broader functions:
• receive, consider and approve applications for licences under part of Act 829 ;
• inspect and license facilities intended for the provision of public and private health care services; hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, chemical shops, physiotherapy, Geriatrics homes, maternity homes and all allopathic health related FACILITIES in Ghana.
• determine the basic and minimum equipment and personnel required for the type of service to be provided in a practice;
• regulate and monitor activities in a practice to determine the adequacy and standard of health care provided;
• collaborate with any other person or authority to
(i) maintain professional standards in a practice;
(ii) regularly assess health facilities for certification and accreditation;
(iii) achieve continual quality improvement of health care providers; and
(iv) Perform any other functions that are ancillary to the object of the Agency.

The Governing Board has been constituted to operationalize the Act 829. The Board has initiated a transition process.
All inconvenience put of this suspension is deeply regretted.

Signed;
DR. FELIX ANYAH
Board Chairman-Health Facilities Regulatory Agency.

 

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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