Health Professionals Face Registration Reform

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Doctors and other medical staff now face more regulations. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Health Ministry has called on everyone in the health industry to enforce a new law that forces practitioners to register and follow professional standards.
The law aims to regulate health practitioners to ensure quality and safety of the health system.
The law would punish any professional doing business who was not registered and licensed.
It was announced to public hospitals, provincial health departments, professional councils and representatives of the private sector on Wednesday.
On the Health Ministry’s Facebook page, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng urged everyone with links to the health industry to enforce the law to provide safe, efficient and ethical services.
The law was formally adopted by the king last month. It aims to protect health and safety through mechanisms which ensure that all health professional practices must be staffed by people with sufficient qualifications, capacity and fitness to practice their profession.
This law cover professionals such as doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, clinic laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, physical therapists and others.
Any health professional who wants to do business needs to register and seek a license from professional councils.
“Each Health Professional Council is authorized to register and grant licenses for health profession practice and control health profession practitioners,” the law says.
A maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500 applies to anyone who is not professional and who practices in one of the health fields, and for any health professional who continues working after suspension. The law sets a scale of penalties for anyone who breaks the rules.
Health professionals have 12 months in which to apply for a license.
In May, the Health Ministry closed the private Khim Rany clinic in Phnom Penh after the death of a patient, saying it did not adhere to ministry standards or regulations
In October, police were on the hunt for an unlicensed doctor who killed a woman in Svey Rieng province by giving her a lethal injection.
Recently, Phnom Penh municipal authorities provisionally closed the De Beaute Clinic in Russey Keo district after a female patient died following a botched breast surgery operation.
San Chey, the executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, told Khmer Times that he had no trust in enforcement of the new measures. He cited a ban on smoking in public places that had not been enforced.
 He was concerned about a license to do business, which could be sold.
“The ministry has to check on this issue because it is risky for the patients, and to stop the sale of licenses becoming a business, which had been happening in Cambodia.”
Mr. Chey called on the ministry to make deep reforms to qualifications in the health sector.

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