New Delhi: In wake of AMRI tragedy and uncontrollable number of child deaths in the government hospitals in West Bengal, the hospitals in India will no longer be able to afford carelessness even after being issued quality certificate under the QCI.

The government will now organize surprise inspections of hospitals even though they have been ranked excellent by the Quality Council of India (QCI). On being found of falling short of standards necessary for the recognition, the hospitals can even risk of their accreditation.

In order to improve the quality of treatment in hospitals, they are required to fulfill 62 standards set by the National Board of Accreditation for Hospitals (NBAH) under the QCI to achieve recognition. Of this, 11 are clinic related standards while the rest are related to management.

For the record, 138 hospitals have been recognized so far under the QCI. As per existing norms, the hospitals are recognized for a period of three years. After the completion of this time duration, the QCI carries re-evaluation of the hospitals.

Reversing its stand after receiving complaints about recognized hospitals, the government has now decided to organize surprise inspections of the hospitals. QCI General Secretary and NBAH CEO Dr Girdhar J Gyani said, “The hospitals will now be inspected after 18 months of recognition to check their adherence to the set standards.”

Every month, 2-3 hospitals will be selected randomly which will be inspected by a hospital’s CEO of another city along with the NABH team. Moreover, the hospital will also not be informed beforehand about the inspection.

According to the QCI, a lot of attention is required to raise the quality of health facilities in recognized hospitals. Gyani said, “At present the hospitals aim at just saving the life of the patients while the patients must also be aware of the quality standards.”

JPN/Bureau