Accreditation body for health facilities in the works
LANI ROSE R DIZON
DOHA THE Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has started the process of establishing a national accreditation body.
The body would gradually start accrediting a number of healthcare organisations in Qatar but it would become fully operational in five years, SCH Healthcare Quality Management Department Director Dr Jamal Rashed al Khenjy said on Thursday.
The setting up of such a body will facilitate the accreditation of all health facilities in the country, he added. The national body would be able to accredit all healthcare providers in Qatar including ambulatory care, solo clinics, polyclinics, and specialised centres among others.
He also said that the SCH was planning to develop standards for dental healthcare, something which has not been done in any health organisation in the world.
“The SCH last year mandated all private hospitals to get accredited by an ISQUA certified organisation by 2015,” he said, adding ISQUA is the international body which accredits international accrediting agencies.
“Basically, private hospitals had a year to plan and choose an accrediting organisation and three years to go through the accreditation cycle,” he said.
All hospitals have started working on the mandate and have identified their respective accrediting agencies.
They know that the initiative will help improve the quality of services provided to patients and revenue of service providers. It will also help them grow and compete in the domestic and regional markets, he said. Getting back to the setting up of the national accreditation, he said that the aim of the move was to provide an ISQUA accredited alternative in Qatar.
During the course of becoming fully operational, the national body would gradually start accrediting a number of healthcare organisations in Qatar.
“Qatar has been a pioneer on the accreditation department since all of our public hospitals have been JCI accredited a long time ago.
We led the GCC in this area.
Now we’re trying to lead the way by encouraging the private sector health service providers to get accredited,” he said.