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Health and Safety in Hospitals Under the Microscope

February 20, 2015

Department of Health

The health department has invited comments from the public regarding amendments to certain regulations of the National Health Act, 2003 (Act No 61 of 2003).

The proposed changes were published in Government Gazette 38486.

In notice 109, amendments to norms and standards regulations applicable to certain categories of health establishments have been proposed.

The purpose of these regulations is to guide, monitor and enforce the control of critical risks to the health and safety of users by means of the required systems and relevant supportive structures within different categories of health establishments, in order to provide safe quality services to people.

In notice 110, amendments to the procedural regulations pertaining to the functioning of the Office of Health Standards Compliance and its board have been proposed.

The regulations aim to set out procedures and processes for:

• Collecting information from health facilities by the Office;
• Certification of health establishments;
• Carrying out inspections;
• Handling incidents of non-compliance with norms and standards by health facilities; and
• Investigation of complaints of non-compliance, by the Ombud.

Written comment is invited within three months of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 38485, the department seeks comment on proposed regulations relating to the constitution of the professional board for emergency care practitioners.

The draft regulations set out how the board is to be constituted.

Included in the list are two paramedics, one ambulance emergency assistant, one emergency care assistant, one basic ambulance assistant and nine emergency care assistants.

Comment is invited within three months of the date of publication.