Ghana’s premier teaching and referral hospital, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has finally received its license from the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA).
This follows reports that the Hospital was at risk of being closed down by HeFRA, for operating without a license.
Speaking to Citi News after licensing Korle-bu on Monday, the Board Chairman of HeFRA, Nana Otuo Acheampong said patients who visit the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital can now be assured that the facilities and staff at the hospital are of good quality.
“All their facilities including personnel and equipment have now been certified by assessors. Overall, they scored 72%. It gives an assurance to the public that the healthcare facilities in Korle-Bu are excellent…,” he said.
Nana Otuo Acheampong further emphasized that hospitals which fail to comply with their directives will be sanctioned.
Getting a health facility license, what the law says
A person shall apply to the Agency for a licence within the area in which the practice is to be operated in the form determined by the Board.
The process of licensing begins with the purchase of an application form from HeFRA. ( The applicant has a 90-day period within which to submit the completed application form with all required documents).
Following completion of the submission process, an inspection letter is issued to the facility to prepare for an inspection to be carried out.
New facilities are not allowed to operate until they have been accredited.
If HeFRA confirms a positive recommendation for the facility to operate, then a license is issued to enable the facility to operate.
In a case where HeFRA finds the inspection report unsatisfactory, a period of time is given to the facility to address these issues satisfactorily for re-inspection.