HRCM calls for new laws to strengthen healthcare

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) called on the government today to formulate new legislation to strengthen and monitor health services delivery in country.

In a statement issued on the occasion of World Health Day the commission noted the lack of adequate laws to regulate the health sector as well as difficulties in enforcing existing regulations.

The delivery of health services in the country need to be developed, it continues, while stronger monitoring mechanisms should be established to protect the rights of citizens, particularly as the government’s policy was to privatise the health sector.

Among the “required basic legislation” include a public health law, a food and drug law and medical negligence or malpractice law. These laws, the HRCM notes, “are needed right now.”