power of commission

The KP HCC Act 2015 entrust following ‘powers and functions’ in the Commission to improve the quality of public and private healthcare services and ensure the safety of patients and healthcare staff:

  • Set standards or requirements for registration and licensing of health care establishments that ensure patient and health staff safety
  • Registration of all health care establishments and issuance of license defining scope and extent of services provided
  • Enforce minimum standards of patient and health staff safety in public and private sectors
  • Play technical and advisory, educative and disciplinary role to support the registered and licensed healthcare establishment to improve quality of services
  • Regulate the registered and licensed healthcare establishments in public and private health sectors through health regulation tools, certification, peer review, clinical governance, self-regulation or any other tool nationally or internationally recognized and accepted
  • Grant, review, suspend and cancel licenses in the prescribed manner to health care establishments and to very terms and conditions and purposes of the licenses
  • Enquire and investigate into mal-administration, malpractice and failures in the provision of private healthcare services and issue consequential advice and orders
  • Impose and collect fees and charges on registration, licensing or for any other services rendered to healthcare establishments, such as trainings on guidelines, standards, etc. under this Act
  • Impose and collect fines on violation, breach or non-compliance of the provisions of this Act, rules, regulations and standards
  • Advocate rights and responsibilities of recipients and providers of the private healthcare services
  • Hold seminars, conferences and meetings on developing awareness about provision of high-quality private healthcare services
  • Co-ordinate, liaise and network with any person, agency or institution for the purpose of this Act
  • Appoint, engage, authorize and terminate employees, consultants, advisors, attorneys, inspection teams, surveyors, contractors, agents and experts on such terms and conditions as it deems necessary and assign, delegate or entrust them with such functions and powers as are expedient for the performance of functions of the Commission
  • Take measures for the welfare of the employees of the Commission as well as its all registered members
  • Devise mechanism to deal with quackery
  • Monitor service performance against prescribed standards
  • Perform any other function assigned to it by Government from time to time

Keeping in view the nature of work of the Commission, the Act 2015 has also empowered the Commission with Civil Court Powers under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (V of 1998), which enables the Commission to:

  • Summon and enforce attendance of any person and examining him on oath
  • Compel the production of documents
  • Receive evidence on affidavits
  • Issuing Commission for the examination of witnesses

The Civil Court Powers further strengthen the ambit and jurisdiction of the Health Care Commission to regulate healthcare providers and enforce its mandate throughout the province.

Management and implementation of Health Care Commission functions are entrusted in the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is responsible for the administration, operations and functions of the Commission. CEO is also the Principal Accounting Officer responsible and accountable for the management of funds and assets of the Commission in an efficient and effective manner. Preparation and presentation of strategic and operational plans for review and approval also falls under the CEO’s role. S/he is expected to protect the financial health of the Organization. CEO is also the spokesperson and advocate of the Commission.