Medical inspections launched

Inspections of medical facilities
throughout the Cayman Islands begin on Monday to ensure that they meet legal

Cayman’s first health practice and
facilities inspector, Barrie Quappé,
will inspect two private facilities Monday as she kicks off a series of inspections
of all doctors’ offices, Health Services Authority premises, dentists, massage
parlours and any others that fall within the category of a health care

Quappé, who was appointed in September 2009, said: “It was a long process, but
we can now start inspections confident in the fact that we not only received
ample input from stakeholders, but we also made sure to give them reasonable
notification of the changes to come.”

Work on drawing up national
standards for health care facilities began nearly a decade ago with a steering
committee set up in late 2001 to develop health practice legislation.

The Health Practice Commission’s
National Standards for Health Care Facilities was finally gazetted late last

All health care facilities in
Cayman should already have interim certificates that state they meet the
standards. If, during the inspections, it is found that they that fail to meet
the standards, they will be given a time frame in which to comply.

Any facility that operates without
a certificate is liable to a $50,000 fine, with an additional $10,000 fine for
each day they operate without it.

The Health Practice Commission has
sent a checklist of all the standards that should be met to each of the more
than 60 facilities that have been identified.

For more on this story, read
Monday’s Caymanian Compass.