The government of Punjab has allowed the Healthcare Commission (PHC) to ensure strict actions against clinics and hospitals involved in illegal practices.
26 treatment centres run by unauthorised medics were closed down in the Vehari District by PHC in hopes to make standard facilities available to the people.
26 out of 78 Inspected Clinics Found Illegal
78 treatment centres of the district were visited by two teams of PHC. Inspection of the visited centres revealed that while only 52 clinics were being run by authorised doctors, the rest of the 26 clinics were being run by unqualified medics.
The press release revealed that clinics/hospitals found guilty of being indulged in illegal practices will be put through further inspection.
The premises of the 26 treatment centres found guilty were sealed. The sealed facilities include:
- 14 clinics opened up by general practitioners
- 2 centres opened by hakims
- And 1 homeopathic clinic
Other Illegal Practices
While the centres that underwent inspection were found to be run by unqualified staff, other illegal practices were also brought into light.
These unlawful practices included:
- Treatment provided by medical stores
- Unauthorised homeopathic doctors
- Hakims involved in prescribing false allopathic medicines
- Labs devoid of qualified staff or pathologists
- And inexperienced doctors practicing dentistry
The widespread of these illegal clinics is further emphasised upon by the fact that an investigation carried out by the HCC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in September revealed an estimate of 600 private clinics and hospitals in the province to be involved in unlawful practices.