The state government's claims of providing quality health facilities notwithstanding, none of the government hospitals in Punjab have been granted accreditation. The National Accreditation Board for Healthcare (NABH) was incepted nearly seven years ago.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of continued medical education (CME) programme organised by BBC Heart Care Pruthi Hospital here on Sunday evening, Dr Gayatri Vyas Mahindroo, NABH director, said though five government hospitals situated in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali and Bathinda had applied for the accreditation, but these were asked to first submit the feasibility report.
While the BBC Heart Care Pruthi Hospital has become the first hospital in Doaba region to fetch NABH accreditation, the government hospitals are yet to start the process, thus depriving the patients of choice to select them on the basis of assured quality healthcare.
"There is a need for the government hospitals to come forward to get accredited so that patients, especially those belonging to poor families, get assured quality treatment in low-cost government hospitals," she added.
She said 154 hospitals in the country were granted accreditation out of which 22 were government hospitals, 20 small healthcare organisations and 50 blood banks. She said the NABH peer teams conducted monthly assessment and monitoring of the accredited hospitals to ensure that these would adhere to the prescribed standards.