Healthcare facilities will be inspected

Cayman’s Health Practice Commission, which has among its responsibilities the inspection and certification of healthcare facilities in the Cayman Islands, has begun the process for provisional certification of healthcare facilities that are in operation.

A provisional certificate will also be issued for newly-established healthcare facilities that have been approved by the commission, states a GIS press release.

This move by the commission, which was formed in June 2004, is being made pending the completion of the inspection process and the full development of certification procedures.

To facilitate the process, owners of all healthcare facilities are required to apply for certification by 15 February.

The Health Practice Commission was set up under the Health Practice Law (2002) which replaced the Health Practitioners Law, on 1 June 2004.

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Under the law, ‘healthcare facilities’ are premises where a registered practitioner provides health services. These services include clinical examination; nursing care; dental care; the provision of blood and blood products; diagnostic procedures; the provision of medical and surgical services; provision of pharmaceuticals; advice or counselling; and any such other service provided by a practitioner registered under this law.

Owners or managers of such facilities should obtain an application form for certification to operate a healthcare facility from the Secretary to the Health Practice Commission in the administration section of the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The secretary can also be reached by calling 244-2813. The form should be completed and returned to the same secretary by the 15th February deadline. Initially, a one-year provisional certificate will be granted to each facility.

In addition to its responsibility for inspection and certification of healthcare facilities, the commission’s duties include advising the Director of Planning on applications for the development of healthcare facilities; and advising the Minister of Health Services on policy relating to health practice, including determining the types of health professions that should be permitted in the Islands.

The commission will also provide guidance to the health councils and monitor their performance, in order to ensure consistency in their practices (please read sidebar).

Chairing the commission is the Ministry of Health Services’ Permanent Secretary Andrea Bryan. Members include Dr. Steve Tomlinson, who is the commission’s deputy chairman; Chief Building Control Officer, McCleary Frederick; Crown Counsel Mr. Lindsey Cacho; and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar.

Commenting on the commission’s formation and purpose, Minister for Health Services, the Hon. Gilbert McLean, says, ‘We are continuing to move forward in health care.

This is yet another important step toward the sector’s increasingly detailed and refined regulation, with the goal of ensuring that our Islands’ healthcare services are in line with international standards and practices.’

‘Certifying all healthcare facilities, including those of the Health Services Authority, will go a long way toward meeting this goal,’ Mr. McLean added.

Health councils

Under the Health Practice Law (2002), four Health Councils were set up. They are: the Medical and Dental Council; Nursing and Midwifery Council; Pharmacy Council; and Council for Professions Allied with Medicine. These councils register health practitioners and regulate their professional conduct and discipline in their respective areas, and as such replace the Health Practitioners’ Board, which was established in 1975 under the Health Practitioners Law.

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