Regulation of healthcare services is a priority of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in order to ensure quality of care and safety in health care system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government established the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Care Commission (KP HCC) in 2015. The KP HCC is an autonomous body governed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health care Commission Act, 2015. The Act envisages regulation of both public and private health care establishments in the province to improve quality.
The commission is mandated to provide protection to the people of the province in securing their right to quality healthcare through eradication of quackery and other malpractices, setting standards for all types of medical practice, including but not limited to allopathic and alternative medicines (Homeopathy, Ayurvedic and Tibb). KP HCC carries out this function through registration and licensing of the health care establishments.
Message From The Chairman
Dr. Ikram Ghani
Chairman, Board of Governors
Aristotle said, “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health care Commission (KP HCC) was established to ensure that quality becomes a habit in the healthcare sector. KP HCC is a statutory body to regulate public and private healthcare establishments in the province.
KP HCC has the legal mandate to regulate health care services on sound and technical footings in the public and private sectors, make provisions for safe and high quality healthcare services to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and provide mechanism for banning quackery in all its forms and manifestations.
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the Health Care Commission is committed to improve and maintain the quality of healthcare. KP HCC is registering various types of Health Care Establishments (HCEs) within its jurisdiction. To ensure quality it is introducing framework of clinical governance to enable the HCEs to achieve optimum level of safety and quality, required for healthy population of the province. To achieve this end KP HCC is initiating licensing of Health Care Establishments.
Ensuring quality in Healthcare is not easy and requires continuous involvement and support of various stakeholders. It would not be out of place to mention that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the Minister for Health and Secretary to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Department of Health have always extended unflinching support to the KP HCC. Without their support, initiation of licensing of the HCEs to insure quality was not possible.
I would take this opportunity to urge all Health Care establishments to fulfil the legal requirement of getting themselves registered with KP HCC and start implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards in their respective establishments to achieve the required quality of healthcare. HCEs should also get licensed at the earliest. I assure them of the full support of KP HCC in providing them all necessary documents, trainings and handholding. Health Care Establishments which continue to provide healthcare without getting licensed with KP HCC may render themselves liable to legal consequences, including, but not limited to, closure of the health facility.
Message From The CEO
Dr. Nadeem Akhtar
Chief Executive Officer
Quality costs but poor quality costs higher. This is true for every sphere of life; however, in the health sector, its importance cannot be overemphasized. It ensures the safety of patients as well as health care providers. Patient safety is not new in the medical field but is a relatively newer concept for the general public. Regulation of health care services is now a priority at the national and provincial government level. In order to ensure the quality of care and safety in the health care system of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government established the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Healthcare Commission (KP HCC) to regulate the Health Care Establishments (HCEs), both in public and private sectors in the province, to improve quality of health care, and ensure the safety of patients and health care providers.
The KP HCC envisions to be the leading accreditation body of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Regulating healthcare services is a challenging task and the Health care Commission is in the process of making the general environment conducive, where the HCEs strive voluntarily for maintaining and improving quality.
Patients’ safety is a priority and HCC is determined to ensure it through the eradication of quackery. We are conducting anti-quackery activities throughout the province. However, to eradicate this menace and ensure the safety of patients, it is a social obligation of the people not to get treatment from quacks. Let us join hands to identify and discourage quacks to practice medicine for safer healthcare services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.