Helen Tan backs regulation of physicians’ work

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Quezon Rep. Helen Tan wants the practice of physicians regulated to ensure they render quality service.

Quezon Rep. Helen Tan wants the practice of physicians regulated to ensure they render quality service.

The House of Representatives Health Committee recently approved a bill regulating medical professionals in the country. The proposed Physicians’ Act will cover the regulation of medical education, which is inclusive of clinical clerkship, post-graduate medical internship, licensure and residency program.

The bill seeks to establish the Integrated National Professional Organization of the Physicians, which will serve as the national organization to which all physicians will become a mandatory member– a model patterned after the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

The measure also features regulations governing medical residency training that were set to provide humane working conditions for residents, including decent salary and other benefits, and higher standards of professional conduct.

“Due to the unique nature of the medical profession, I deem it necessary to cover all aspects of medical education and training in crafting a more up-to-date regulatory law which will address the issues and gaps that we encounter in the ground and in the practice of our medical professionals,” said Tan, a doctor.

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