Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Deemed University and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the U.K., have planned a 3-day international conference on Quality Assurance & Patient Safety issues in healthcare here.

M. Ravishankar, Chairman, Organising Committee, and V.N. Mahalakshmi, secretary, told reporters here on Saturday that it would be held from November 28 to 30. The focus of the conference was to fine tune the system for total eradication of human errors while performing surgery and transform hospitals into patient-friendly facilities in all aspects of treatment - from reception to discharge.

“Patient first,” theme of the conference, was aimed at changing the mindset of “what’s the matter with the patients to what matters to the patients.”

Though the advancement of medical technology had brought newer therapies with greater patient benefits, it had also potential to harm patients on many aspects. It is time qualitative changes are brought to ensure safe, quality and affordable treatment to patients from all sections of society.

The conference would discuss in detail not only how to educate the medical fraternity but also demonstrate globally adopted safest methods of surgeries.

K. Ravi Shankar, Chief Executive Officer, Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Trust, and G. Muthurangan, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, said patients had right to choose the treatment, get information about their disease, treatment and the cost. They had to be empowered to be active decision makers in the treatment process.

The aim of the conference was to initiate a multi-disciplinary dialogue on quality care and patient safety practices, which would have implications on society as a whole.

More than 600 delegates from the U.K., Australia, Malaysia, SAARC countries and others would participate in it.