Enhancing quality of treatment and uncompromised professional ethics will ensure safety and wellbeing of patients, said Ian Anderson, president, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, the U.K.
He was delivering a keynote address at the inauguration of two-day international conference on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety jointly organised by Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth University, Puducherry, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, the U.K., here on Thursday.
He said it was heartening to note that India had been making significant progress in the healthcare industry owing to various factors, including committed workforce, resources, and strong medical educational system. Technological advancements and medical practices were on a par with countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. However, it is essential to follow the quality concept right from training to surgery and from admission of patients to discharge.
Mr. Anderson said the responsibility for patient safety had been shifted from the individual doctor to the system in which the doctor formed a part.
The entire system, including healthcare professionals, medical record maintenance, pharmacy, paramedical staff, nursing and others should be educated on quality assurance in their respective departments.
K. Mohandas, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University of Health, said that there was a need to refine medical practices to ensure quality of treatment.
It would be possible if all stakeholders right from technicians to medical students and doctors and receptionists to administrators were trained on various nuances of quality concept at the initial stages of medical education.
M.K. Rajagopalan, Chairman, Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth; D.R. Gunasekaran, Vice-Chancellor; G. Muthurangan, Dean of SBV University; M. Ravishankar, V. N. Mahalakshmi, organizing chairman and secretary; and K. Ravishankar, Chief Operating Officer, were present.
About 400 delegates and over 60 resource persons from the U.K., Australia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangaladesh and India are taking part in the conference.