Gov’t drafting new legislation to regulate private clinics

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE government is drafting new legislation to regulate private clinics to ensure a high standard of medical practice, said the minister of health.

“It’s looking at standards and quality (of medical care) for the safety of the patient,” Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi told _The Brunei Times _on the sidelines of yesterday’s 12th Legislative Council session.

He explained that existing instruments, such as the Brunei Medical Board and inspections from Department of Pharmaceutical Services, are “piecemeal” and that a more holistic approach is needed.

“Instruments such as the Brunei Medical Board ensure every doctor maintains continuing medical education, that there are no complaints or evidence of malpractice… The Department of Pharmaceutical Service also goes round to all private clinics to check medicines are stored properly… Those two (instruments) exist so far, but we as a ministry feel that is not enough.”

Addressing members of the Legislative Council earlier that day, the health minister said the new regulations did not seek to impede the growth of private clinics, but to ensure a high standard of medical practice.

“Together (with government services), they overcome the burden of the cost of providing treatment for patients… They also provide alternative options for these patients and sometimes are more convenient because they do not have to wait as long,” said YB Dato Dr Hj Zulkarnain.

The Brunei Times