Act to regulate paramedics in city hospitals soon
In the run up to the Commonwealth Games, the city is set to get a council for accrediting paramedics and is in the process of evolving a Paramedical Council Act. The Act will lay down terms and conditions for all medical professionals.
Officials said the Bill for the introduction of the Act will be tabled in the Assembly. The government is also planning to adopt the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance for prevention of violence against doctors with some modifications meant for Delhi hospitals.
The decisions were shared at a health department meeting chaired by Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday. “We have a lot of hospitals in the city and these moves are aimed at improving facilities. We have asked for model of the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance as they have already done something to contain violence against doctors,” said Dikshit.
“There is no Act or Council to regulate the hiring or functioning of paramedics, whether in the city or country. There is no way of ascertaining the work record or conduct of a particular paramedic,” the official added.
The Council will accredit operation theatre (OT) technicians, OT assistants, laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants, X-Ray technicians, ECG technicians, darkroom assistants and Central Sterilisation Department assistants. All institutions will have to register with the Council that will issue certificates only after professionals have worked for fixed period.
“The need for this council was felt, as we need to hire at least 1,000 paramedics in the next year. There are over 350 posts of paramedics open. Also, the 110 ambulances we are going to acquire will require six such paramedics in each vehicle,” said the official.