HCCC given powers to shut down alternative health clinics
Naturopaths, chiropractors and other alternative health clinics face new regulations in New South Wales, with shut down powers given to the HCCC for 'code of conduct breaches'.
NEW SHUT DOWN POWERS
The New South Wales health watchdog has been given the power to shut alternative health clinics, including naturopaths and chiropractors, for not complying with its code of conduct.
Powers that came into effect this month expand the role of the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) to allow it to issue a prohibition order against an entire clinic, rather than just a practitioner.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the new rules, part of the Public Health Regulation 2022, would better ‘protect patients’ in a growing area of health services.
“These changes enable the HCCC to use their powers to prohibit health organisations from operating where they pose a risk to the health or safety of the public. This is an important, additional step that enables the HCCC to take firm action to protect the community from health organisations which flout the rules and do not provide services in a safe and ethical way.”