NITI Aayog, Health Ministry Now To Rank District Hospitals Based On Performance

| October 16 , 2017 , 10:47 IST

Government district hospitals, their functioning and quality have come under the scanner since the tragic incident at the Gorakhpur hospital in August where more than 60 children died in 72 hours due to an alleged shortage of oxygen supply.

With a goal to encourage competition for improvement of health services, the NITI Aayog and the health ministry have begun ranking district hospitals on the basis of their performance on health indicators.

Currently, there are around 734 district hospitals across the country which will be rated by the NITI Aayog and healthy ministry, apart from which 300 other hospitals at the district level, such as women's hospitals, will also be rated.

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The decision to monitor and rank the performance of the district hospitals based on health indicators came in the wake of the government noting that despite large amounts of funds being allocated to the district hospitals to provide crucial health care, there was no comprehensive system to monitor their performance based on measurable health outcomes.

The rating exercise will serve several benefits. Poor performing hospitals can be identified and hospitals would be motivated to improve their care as the patients would also be more inclined to visit better ranking hospitals.

The rating of the district hospitals will be based on factors such as number of functional hospital beds per 1,00,000 population, bed occupancy rate, ratio of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, C-section rate, post-surgical infection rate, OPD per doctor, laboratory tests per technician, blood bank replacement rate and stock of essential drugs.

For the first time, feedback from patients will be worth high weightage in the final ranking.