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Govt plans to set up health quality regulator

August 17, 2012

The government plans to set up a health quality regulator, both at the national and state level, which would be empowered to audit heath facilities and standards of treatment in hospitals to ensure quality service at reasonable cost.

“There is need for much better regulation of both public and private sector hospitals. I am not talking only of big hospitals but also of hospitals with 10-15 beds,” Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

Ahluwalia said providing free medicines, upgrading all district hospitals to medical colleges and expansion of medical education were priority areas for the government during the 12th plan.

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