GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
RAJYA SABHA,QUESTION NO.4421,ANSWERED ON:11.04.2017
Preventing re use of disposable medical items
Dr. Vikas Mahatme
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government is aware that in the Government and private hospitals many times the disposable gloves, syringes, needles, instruments are not autoclaved and reused for the next patient in queue which poses a great threat to spread of diseases like hepatitis, AIDS and many other diseases;
(b) whether any action has been taken till date against anybody; and
(c) what is the policy of Government to curb this practice and save millions of lives?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
(SMT. ANUPRIYA PATEL)
(a) & (b): Health is a State subject and such complaints would generally be addressed to the State/Union Territory concerned. Data regarding complaints received by States is not maintained centrally. Taking action to prevent and control such practices, is within the remit of State Government
(c) The Government of India has enacted the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 and notified Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules, 2012 for registration of Clinical Establishments with a view to prescribe the Minimum Standards of facilities and services provided by them. Under the said Act, the National Council for clinical establishments has approved Minimum Standards for different levels of Hospitals. These minimum standards inter alia provide that the hospitals should have adequate drugs, medical devices and consumables commensurate to the scope of services and the number of beds. These standards further provide that the quality of drugs, medical devices and consumables shall be ensured. The Hospitals are also required to follow standard precautions and infection control practices including compliance to Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules. Currently, the Act is, however applicable in the States of Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, U.P, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Assam and all Union Territories except Delhi. Enforcement of the Act also falls within the remit of the States/UTs.