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Acute shortage of healthcare professionals in hospitals: Study

Source: http://www.business-standard.com

Ninety nine percent of Indian hospitals are dealing with acute shortage of healthcare professionals and severe challenges in acquiring the right talent, a study revealed here Saturday.

The study, Healthcare Talent Issues, conducted to map the talent crunch in the healthcare delivery industry, stated that in 70 percent of the hospitals surveyed the positions of doctors have remained vacant for at least 2-6 months.

Over 88 percent of the hospitals in India take 2-8 months to fill senior positions and at least 15 days to 3 months to fill junior level positions.

“Hospitals have a tough time when it comes to recruiting topline experts. It’s not just talent crunch which is the major problem but reaching out to the right talent. I believe the insights from the study will help in streamlining efforts stakeholders are putting in to meet the challenge of talent crunch in the healthcare sector,” said M.C. Misra, director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, who released the report here.

According to the report, apart from the lack of doctors in the country, the medical practitioners are interested in running their own clinics. Migration to foreign countries is another reason for the dearth of talent in the medical arena.

As per WHO 2013 statistics, there are less than 6 doctors per ten thousand people in India which is a far more disproportionate ratio when compared to the global average of 15 doctors per 10,000 people.

Arvind Pandit, co-founder and CEO of VIA Health Resources, said: “This is not a problem we can solve overnight, however, we could try and attack this issue at multiple levels. We could take some steps towards a creation of a central database which allows for speedy identification of relevant talent.”

“The process followed could possibly move from being ad-hoc, as it is currently, to a more rigorous and efficient process. Finally developing a sound yet flexible compensation system that balances the financial impact of delayed recruitment with business results could go a long way towards addressing the problem,” he said.

 

Ex-McKinsey India chief Adil Zainulbhai to head Quality Council of India

PTI Sep 17, 2014, 12.40PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointedformer McKinsey India Chairman Adil Zainulbhai as the Chairman of Quality Council of India (QCI).

An autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, QCI is a joint creation by Indian industry to operate the National Accreditation Structure for conformity assessment bodies and provide accreditation in the field of education, health and quality promotion.

It runs its accreditation programmes through two boards. The National Accreditation Board for Education & Training runs accreditation of schools, while the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers runs accreditation of hospitals, nursing homes, blood banks, and primary health centres based on respective accreditation standards.

“I am pleased to inform you that Prime Minister has approved your appointment as chairman of QCI for a period of three years from the date of your assumption of charge,” a September 15 letter to Zainulbhai from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry stated.

A former McKinsey India chairman, over the last 10 years Zainulbhai has advised corporate leaderships of major companies in India and abroad.

“It is a privilege to give back via an institution with a strong focus on quality,” he said. “I hope to bring in and promote a quality consciousness throughout the country. It’s going to be an enriching and exciting journey.”

Zainulbhai’s span of work includes catalysing Indian companies to become successful globally, helping public sector undertakings become more efficient and effective, and working with MNCs to enter India and build profitable, large and innovative businesses.

Co-editor of ‘Reimagining India’ that features 60 global businessmen, academicians, economists, authors and journalists, he has also worked with several parts of the government and led efforts around urbanisation, inclusive growth and energy.

He serves on the boards of Reliance Industries, the American India Foundation, Saifee Hospital, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai), Network 18, and the advisory board of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Formed in 1997, QCI is represented by Confederation of Indian Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

QCI has also been tasked with monitoring and administering the National Quality Campaign. Under this, it propagates concepts of quality and best practices among suppliers of products and services, even as it empowers consumers to demand quality through awareness programmes, conduct of surveys, publications, media campaigns and specialised training courses.

Source : http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-17/news/54024721_1_qci-national-accreditation-board-indian-institute

 

CSR Defaulters likely to be Penalised under New Clause

September 18, 2014
The Narendra Modi-led government will not let companies get away easily if they do not spend the mandated 2% of their profits on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as specified by law.
The government is planning to add more teeth to the Companies Act 2013 by introducing the penalty clause for companies that miss this target spending repeatedly. At present, non-compliance of CSR rule isn’t penalized by the Companies Law, and those unable to spend the stipulated amount can get away with some justification.
“Under the current law, there’s no mandatory obligation on the company, but a responsibility is cast upon the board members. In case companies repeatedly fail to do so for two or more years, they should be penalized. We can’t leave any grey areas in law,” a senior government official told ET. Under the Companies Act 2013, a company must spend 2% of its average net profit in the preceding three years on CSR if it has a turnover of Rs. 1,000 crore or more, or net worth of Rs. 500 crore or more, or net profit of Rs. 5 crore or more.
The new law, which came into effect on April 1, 2014, says if a company isn’t able to give a satisfactory explanation about not spending on CSR activities, the corporate affairs ministry, at most, can question the roles and responsibility of its directors, but can’t act beyond that. “The quantum of penalty in case of non-compliance hasn’t been worked out,“ the official added.
However, the industry and corporate lawyers are critical of the government’s proposal of penalising in case of repeated non-compliance. “A better proposition would be to provide tax incentives to corporates, effectively complying with the CSR obligations,“ a senior executive of a multinational told ET.
Around 14,000 companies are expected to spend about Rs 15,000 crore on various social projects under the mandatory CSR spending.
The government has provided a list of activities that qualify as CSR, which include measures to eradicate hunger, promote education and rural sports, protection of heritage, and environmental sustainability.
The companies which fail to spend the entire 2% on CSR activities can also transfer the remaining amount to the Prime Minister’s relief fund.
“The government expects companies to abide by the spirit of the legislation, which is currently enacted on the principle of ‘comply or explain’, and does not have any penal provisions.
If the compliance levels are seen to be low, the corporate affairs ministry would consider introduction of penalties,” said Sai Venkateshwaran, Partner and Head Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG in India. – http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Source : http://www.taxmann.com/topstories/222330000000003792/csr-defaulters-likely-to-be-penalised-under-new-clause.aspx

 

Techmed presents State Level Talent Search for Life Sciences Award 2014

Techmed wishes to introduce themselves , as a trend setter and a fore runner in the field of Healthcare Industry since 2008, for its Hospital Lab Management (HLM) services. They have their wings spread across Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Orissa, with 50 centers, 15 cities.

As a CSR activity , they extend their  services to the academic arena. They propose to hold a “State Level Talent Search –TECHMED QUEST to promote the scope of life sciences, to inspire and recognize the students of the field.

This event is being organized strictly as an educational activity in the interest of student folk of the Life Sciences to enrich, update and equip themselves with advanced Skills & Knowledge and Training. Techmed provides assistance to students by way of Internships, Training & Projects etc. This is a great opportunity for the students from various sections to exhibit their talent and win Scholarships to pursue their education.

The objective of this program is to create awareness on the scope of the field and create a career path for their bright future.

The event is proposed to be held at state level on 12th October (prelims) and Finals and the Award function on 18th October’14.

Around 800 hospitals and 5000 students from 200 Colleges across the state are invited to participate in this forum.

Please click on the following links for more information on the program :

Program Poster 

Program Details

 

PF Authorities targeting Healthcare Establishments

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has recently in a cirucular dated 1st August 2014 has proposed to increasea the limit of Coverage for PF from the existing Rs.6500/- Limit to Rs.15000/-. The circular has notified the area enforcement officers to list out visible establishments like Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Maternity Centres, Hotels, Restaurants, Schools, Workshops, Showrooms of Branded Companies etc., and submit a report to the Regional Provident Fund Commissioners.

In view of the notification, Companies operating in these domains have to be ready and carry out preparatory activities to bring employees under above mentioned ceiling to be covered under Provident Fund.

For More Details download the Notification Here – PF Notification

Accreditation must for hospitals in State Insurance Scheme

Source: The Hindu

In an attempt to establish standards of care for patients and safety in healthcare institutions in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) is contemplating making accreditation mandatory for hospitals seeking empanelment as part of the scheme.

A couple of protocols, pre-accreditation entry-level standards for hospitals and the other for smaller healthcare organisations have already been readied and issued as a circular, besides being hosted on the CMCHIS website.

“The idea is that even if the patients are not paying for the treatment, the government is. It is not charity that the hospitals are doing, and patients need to get the best,” a Health Department official said.

This is seen as the first move to bring both private and public healthcare institutions within the ambit of quality regulation, something that is achieved merely by self-motivation currently.

The standards have been evolved in consultation with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH), and are in fact inspired by their entry-level accreditation standards that make it easier for hospitals to imbibe quality control culture.

“Earlier, hospitals which could not afford the process of quality control would just stay away. But, we are now offering them a foot in the door,” K.K. Kalra, CEO, NABH, had told The Hindu earlier.

The CMCHIS staff will first seek to orient hospitals on these standards before beginning the process of pre-accreditation, according to officials.

It is expected that at a certain point, accreditation for a hospital will become a pre-condition for empanelment in the government insurance scheme.

Existing hospitals that do not have accreditation will also be eased into the process, officials said.

United India Insurance, the insurance partner for the State government in this venture, seems equally enthused by this move.

Asha Nair, director and general manager, United India Insurance, said, “I would be very happy if this can be implemented. It means we are ensuring a minimum quality of service for all healthcare consumers across the board.”

The ideal would be to make it qualifying criteria for new hospitals that apply for empanelment.

Hospitals that have already been empanelled can be given time and a deadline to get accreditation, she said.