The Central government’s National Health Authority (NHA) has come up with a decision to open Bronze Certificate Accreditation for all hospitals to strengthen the system of quality culture in the healthcare sector. Regardless of they are not emplaned with Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), which is the world’s largest healthcare scheme.
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Where this facility was started earlier in September by NHA for enrolled hospitals which don’t hold any accreditation or certification from any recognized body. Recognized body as in National Accredited Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS), Joint Commission International (JCI), etc.
“Making Bronze Certificate Accreditation to all hospitals will create a quality culture in India because hospitals that are not accredited or certified by JCI/NABH/NQAS can go for AB- PMJAY Bronze Quality Certificate which is evidence-based. It will confident among hospital administration to provide quality healthcare services to their patients,” told by Dr. JL Meena, General Manager, Hospital Networking and Quality Assurance at AB-PMJAY.
Also added, “If a hospital’s preparation and internal assessment is excellent, then they will get a certificate after successful completion of desktop and on-site assessment within 25 days by Quality Council of India. The fee structure is also very low and affordable to small healthcare organizations. Moreover, AB PM-JAY Bronze Quality Certification guidelines and proceeds are very simple, transparent with evidence basis and fast track.”
Wherein, the list of guidelines include-
- Strengthen infrastructure
- Human resource requirements
- Appropriate space for the ambulance in hospital for patient movement
- Proper lighting facility inside as well as outside the hospital
- Maintenance of medical instruments and equipment requirement
- Availability of firefighting equipment
- Other basic amenities like safe drinking water area, hygiene canteen, suitable toilets for men and women, etc.
The gold and silver quality certification is also offered by NHA. About 146 applications in total have been received for the quality certificate, in the last one month, among which only 20 hospitals have got AB-PMJAY Quality Certificates fulfilling the criteria. 14 hospitals have received gold certificates while 6 hospitals have accredited with a silver certificate, to the date.
The National Health Protection Scheme– Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries). As well as providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
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