Qatar’s health facilities must have international accreditation to continue operating

September 1, 2010
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Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is working on securing international accreditation for all primary healthcare centres as well as private clinics and hospitals in the country, a senior health official has said.

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the leading healthcare provider in the country, has been successful in getting all its hospitals accredited by the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI). However, the accreditation is limited to hospitals.

“JCI accredits only hospitals. We are working with another leading international agency for evaluating the services of all primary health centres and private healthcare facilities and getting them accredited by the agency,” said the official from the Medical Licensing Department (MLD) at SCH, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

The endorsement would be an important step in upgrading the quality of services at all these facilities and the agency will also help the MLD develop its own accreditation tools, he said.

Upon completion of the project, all private clinics and hospitals will be asked to obtain accreditation from the agency or any other recognised international agencies.

If they do not have an international accreditation, they will have to get accredited by the competent bodies at the SCH.

“Such accreditation will be made mandatory for all private healthcare facilities in future to ensure the quality of their services. No facility that fails to get this accreditation will be allowed to operate in the country, especially after the national insurance scheme is implemented,” said the official.

He said being the quality control body at SCH, the MLD is assisting the primary health centres in acquiring the accreditation. Having become an independent entity separate from the HMC,

The primary healthcare sector, following its new status as an independent entity separate from the HMC, is now in the process of improving its standards through a wide range of measures under the supervision of SCH.

 

         

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