Uzbekistan, Tashkent, May 9 / Trend D. Azizov /
The Senate of Oliy Majlis (upper house of the Uzbek parliament) approved amendments to the Law on "Health Protection", prohibiting private medical practice by physical entities at a plenary.
Previously, the right to implement private medical practice by physical entities as individual entrepreneurs with a license was envisaged by Articles 10 "Private and other health care systems" and 11 "Licensing of medical and pharmaceutical activity" of the law.
Henceforth, according to the amendments, the private sector of Uzbek medicine will be given to medical institutions by legal entities.
It was stressed that the activity of private doctors often did not meet the requirements to provide assured and adequate medical care to the population.
Monitoring, conducted last year by the Ministry of Health and the General Prosecutor's office, found numerous violations of sanitation and hygiene, requirements for the sterilization of instruments and materials, disposal of used medical equipment, non-approved standards of patient care in private doctors' work.
According to the Ministry of Health, the Uzbek private sector of medicine is represented by 1,600 private medical institutions and about 1,200 physical entities engaged in private medical practice.