Parliament discusses Teaching Hospital Complex Administration Act


March 2, 2016 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Members of Parliament yesterday discussed a new Teaching Hospital Complex Administration Bill 2016, to provide for the establishment of the administration of teaching hospitals, a teaching board which shall be the governing body for the administration and the discipline of trainees and staff of the teaching hospital complex.

The bill, which was laid in Parliament last December, was deferred yesterday for enactment until the Pre-Legislative Committee makes their inputs and understand the provisions in the bill.

Presenting the bill to members, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abubakarr Fofanah said teaching hospitals are of paramount importance to citizens in any country.

He said since the establishment of College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), no teaching hospitals had been established in the country, except the Connaught hospital, Princess Christian Maternity and Children’s hospital, Lakkah hospital and others which accommodate student nurses and doctor but are not teaching hospitals.

He said the introduction of teaching hospitals would serve as institutions for both under-graduate and post-graduate training in the medical and allied health professions. He said the hospitals would also provide advanced health services that meet the highest international clinical and ethical standards of care.

Hon. Helen Kuyembeh of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) noted that the bill needs modifications, including need for the involvement of more medical professionals in a 20 man board that would be appointed to run the administration effectively.

On his part, chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee in Parliament, Hon. Dr. Abdulai Sesay of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), said medical education needs constant regulations, monitoring and supervision, adding that the need for teaching hospital administration was rather dire for proper and effective monitoring.

He said with the creation of such administration, there is opportunity to transform diverse profession as lot of doctors have been sent as District Medical Officers, Chief Medical Officers leaving the hospitals empty and patients are dying due to lack of doctors in those places which is not good.

It is expected that once the bill goes passed the pre-legislative committee, it would be debated by the entire House and enacted into law. However, no timeline has been given for this.