Health | Aug 22, 2018

Allied Health Professions Council Still Without A Board After 18 Months

Government is still yet to set up a board for the Allied Health Professions Council, 18 months after the previous one was dissolved.

The Allied Health Professions Council is established by an Act of Parliament (Act 857, 2013) to regulate the training and practice of Allied Health Professions in Ghana.

The mandate of the council, among other things, is to regulate the standard of services for the practice of Allied Health professions, monitor and inspect allied health facilities, advice the Health minister on matters relating to allied health practice among others.

As part of its mandate, the Council is also responsible for granting Professional Accreditation for all Allied Health Programmes.

“These bodies are supposed to be in place so that they can help in advising the Minister of Health to operate that particular aspect of the agency, but it is quite unfortunate that for 18 months, none have been put in place and even the registrar is an acting registrar,” the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory scientists, Dennis Adu-Gyasi, told Citi News.

The acting registrar is said to be performing the functions of the board in consultation with the Health Minister.

But Mr. Adu-Gyasi said this situation is not ideal enough as it leaves room for malpractice and quack doctors to thrive.

“We are worried that as it is now, we only have an acting registrar and it gives so much room for individuals to use their own discretion which I think the law is not in favor of,” he stated.

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