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Medical Errors Claim Nearly 1 L Lives Annually: NABH Official

Patient safety and quality treatment should be the prime concern of healthcare providers, said Dr K K Kalra, chief executive officer of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), here on Sunday.

Published: 17th February 2014 08:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2014 12:33 PM   |  A+A-

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Patient safety and quality treatment should be the prime concern of healthcare providers, said Dr K K Kalra, chief executive officer of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), here on Sunday.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the health conclave on ‘Quality in Healthcare- the only way to go’ organised by healthcare panel of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Coimbatore Zone, Kalra said that only 201 hospitals in the country had accreditation from the national body based on quality standards of care.

Stating that creating awareness of quality treatment among consumers would push the service providers in improving their standards, Kalra pointed out that.  On an average, 8.8 to 13.6 per cent of the errors led to deaths, he said, adding that the numbers of such cases were around 98,000 across the country.

According to Karla, the concepts of medical errors and patients’ safety were yet to be inculcated among medical practitioners. There was also a global mismatch between the demand and supply in regard to healthcare due to growing and aging population, he added.

Fortis Healthcare Group CEO, Dr Vishal Bali, in his key note address opined that hospitals across India were still dependent on 19th century management principles, which needed to be redesigned as per the present needs.

Dr Thavamani D Palanisamy, convener of healthcare panel CII Coimbatore Zone, Dr S K Sundararaman, chairman of CII Coimbatore Zone, Dr S Raja Sabapathy, co-convener of healthcare panel CII Coimbatore Zone, also spoke on the occasion.

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