State-run district hospitals can join hands with private institutions for the purpose
The government on Monday announced relaxation of rules for opening medical colleges, particularly in the difficult areas. The State-run district hospitals can now enter into partnership with private institutions to open medical colleges. In this kind of private-public partnership, the medical colleges will be run by private institutions while the hospital will be run by the government.
Addressing a function organised by FICCI, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had also decided to allow medical colleges in the urban areas to come up on 10 acres instead of the stipulated 24 acres as it was often difficult to acquire large plots in cities.
Later speaking at another function, Mr. Azad said the government would soon come up with a National Patient Safety Policy to reduce the number of deaths due to healthcare errors. Patient safety concepts would also be included in the medical education. A national infection control policy and a national accident prevention policy were on the anvil.
Launching the ‘National Initiative for Patient Safety’, organised in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the INCLEN Trust here, Mr. Azad said efforts should be made to inculcate culture of safe environment in hospitals where patients and visitors would not be looked upon as customers and would feel safe and secure. Accountability should not be person-oriented but organisation-oriented. Learning from others’ mistakes would help us in preventing medical errors.
Lack of data
India had a peculiar problem of lack of data in all respects that often derailed the initiatives. And, to overcome this, the Ministry would soon create a software, where details of patients covered under various campaigns such as immunisation and pulse polio would be recorded so that there was authentic data available on the success or failure of the initiative. “We have to put things in place and begin with polio that has been detected in a few cases in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai.”
Patient safety is a new health discipline that emphasises on the reporting, analysis and prevention of medical errors that often lead to adverse healthcare events. The focus is on adopting innovative technologies, educating providers and consumers, enhancing error reporting systems and developing new economic incentives.
As part of the National Initiative on Patient Safety, a three-day workshop for patient safety on the tertiary and secondary level healthcare facilities is being organised in the capital. The initiative envisages covering nearly all medical colleges in India in the next 5 years.