Unregistered health institutions warned

HARARE - The Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe (HPAZ) has threatened to shut down unregistered health institutions, giving them up to March 1, to regularise their operations.

HPAZ said it is an offence to operate an unregistered health facility under the Health Professions Act.

“From March 1, 2018, health institutions found operating without renewing their registration certificates will be charged a non-compliance fee, apart from facing the possibility of closure,” HPAZ said in a statement.

Under the regulations; institutions and health practitioners have to receive practicing certificates in order for them to operate under the parameters of the law.

HIPAZ said health institutions are required to fill in this year’s renewal forms and provide proof of payment as well as the practitioners’ practicing certificates.

Institutions to be targeted include hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories and consulting rooms, just to mention a few.

Those found on the wrong side of the law, HPAZ said will be liable to arrest or having their premises closed.

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