Thursday, January 06, 2011

Quality certification for primary health centres this year

" On Sunday, the quasi-governmental organization, Quality Control of India, will introduce the accreditation process with the first stop of healthcare for most consumers: neighbourhood doctors. “Once the government passes the Clinical Establishments Act, it will be binding on all healthcare providers to seek accreditation,’’ said QCI secretary general Dr Giridhar Gyani.
How will Cliniq 21st help patients ? It will mean that a doctor with the brand has been attending continued medical education (CME) lectures, he or she will provide health checkups for his/her staff and the clinic will have minimum required emergency care equipment and the place will be fumigated once a week. “Once patients or their relatives see this Cliniq 21st board outside a doctor’s chamber or a clinic, they can expect a certain standard of treatment and infrastructure,” said Dr Ravi Wankhedkar of the Indian Medical Assocation’s state branch.

Cliniq 21st Must-Haves

Doctors must attend continued medical education of at least six credit hours every year (including 1/2 hour on emergency medication)
Clinics should be well lit and should have educative material
The staff should undergo health check-ups for communicable diseases at least once a year
All displays must be in two languages
Tariff cards should be published
A clinic must be fumigated once a week
Floor plan of the clinics should be available to patients and relatives
Doctors should maintain detailed records of their patients "

I am very excited that the government is making patient education compulsory for all clinics. This will help to empower patients with information and make medical therapy much more transparent and effective !

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