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Health Ministry to act tough against errant hospitals

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J P Nadda

In an attempt to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to fix accountability at various levels of its delivery process. The Ministry has taken a decision to name and shame the healthcare providers which would be found to be lacking on various parameters including sanitation, waste management and infection control under its Kayakalp initiative.

The Ministry has also decided to act tough against errant hospitals which are getting negative feedback from patients through Mera Aspataal (My Hospital) App.

The Mera Aspataal initiative which was launched in August 2016, aims at empowering patients by seeking their views on quality of experience in a public healthcare facility.

“From next year, we will not only name and award hospitals which perform very well under the Kayakalp initiative but will also name those health facilities which will not perform up to the mark on various parameters, including sanitation, waste management and infection control,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said on Thursday.

“Kayakalp has been instrumental in inculcating a sense of ownership amongst all stake holders. This sense of ownership has translated into commitment for Swachhta,” Nadda further said.

He was speaking at the national felicitation ceremony of Kayakalp awardees (2017-18) in New Delhi.

Congratulating the awardess on this occasion, Nadda said that cleanliness is no more a one-time activity and Kayakalp has played a crucial role in gaining trust and confidence of community in public health facilities.

He asked the hospitals to continue with their efforts in improving cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices.

“Kayakalp”, an initiative for awarding public health facilities, aims to incentivise the facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control as well as inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation.

It was launched in May 2015.

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