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Committee formed to scrutinise private health laboratories.

RAWALPINDI -- The Punjab Health Care Commission (PHCC) has formed a committee to scrutinise the working of private health laboratories operating in the Rawalpindi city.

The committee has been formed in the wake of complaints that private health facilities and their affiliated laboratories were handing over fake and dubious reports of tests to the patients.

Owing to lack of lab facilities in Allied Hospitals and other government set ups in Rawalpindi, patients often go to private set ups to get lab tests. But according to reports, most private set ups have obnoxiously established fake laboratories and resultantly hand out fake reports to the patients.

In the wake of bogus test reports, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and terminal diseases often end up in fatalities.

A committee has been set up under the DCO Rawalpindi to take action against quacks, non-qualified doctors and those engaged in selling spurious and fake medicines and health laboratories running without pathologists, qualified laboratory technicians and quality kits and lack arrangements as per WHO standard, said a health official.

Secretary Executive District Officer (health) Dr Nasir Mehmood said that action will also be taken all laboratories and private health set ups which were being run without qualified doctors.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 8, 2015
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