Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, has underscored the need for national health standards in every service.
She indicated that the standards would ensure objective performance monitoring.
Belmar-George spoke at a Health Ministry stakeholder consultation last week.
The two-day event reviewed the National Medical Laboratory Policy Legislation and Regulations.
But there were concerns.
“An honest assessment of our health care system identifies some critical gaps that need urgent attention,” a Health Ministry release quoted the CMO saying.
Belmar-George disclosed that physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health practitioners are regulated and licensed.
However, she explained that, except for pharmacists, the institutions in which they operate are not regulated or licensed.
Belmar-George spoke of the need to ensure an acceptable standard of health care in Saint Lucia linked to safety, best practices, efficiency, and client-centered care.
She explained that developing a policy to govern all services is often necessary to achieve acceptable healthcare standards for medical practices, diagnostic centers, allied health, and laboratories in the private and public sectors.