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


Essential Standards for Medical Laboratories in India – Program by QCI & NABH in Hyderabad on 15th July 2012

Program Schedule for Quality Control Cum Awareness Program for Private Medical Laboratories

QCI & NABH are jointly conducting an awareness program for lab professionals in Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh along with BIORAD about Essential Standards for Medical Laboratories Program launched by QCI & NABH recently.

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QCI Program on NABH Med Lab Program in Hyderabad – 15 july 2012

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QCI plans 42 new quality standards for hospitals, diagnostic centres by June 2012

QCI plans 42 new quality standards for hospitals, diagnostic centres by June

April 04, 2012, 0800 IST – Source : Pharmabiz News

Concerned over the quality standards in the corporate hospitals and clinical laboratories, the Quality Council of India (QCI) is devising about 42 new standards under Clinical Establishment Act 2010, to be adhered by hospitals and diagnostic centres in the country.

With every passing day number of corporate hospitals and diagnostic centres are mushrooming in India. Many of them are not even registered and even if registered they are not following basic mandatory quality standards putting the safety of patients in jeopardy.

As per the recommendation of 12th Planning Commission of India, the government of India is planning to double its spending on healthcare from 1.2 per cent of GDP last year to 2.5 per cent in the current financial year. Taking this into account the QCI is planning to achieve highest standards in healthcare and empower the patients with strong regulations.

According to sources, the QCI is planning to come out with a complete draft by the end of June 2012.

“We are in the process of developing 42 different standards for hospitals, pathology labs, Ayush clinics, dental clinics, wellness centres, radiology clinics, etc. under the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010,” QCI Secretary General Girdhar J Gyani said.
As per the Clinical Establishment Act 2010, it prescribes standards for facilities and services as well as categorization for different classification of clinics. It also prescribes penalty for the defaulters leading to cancellation of license besides creation of a national registry of healthcare establishments.

Already the act had been notified on February 28, 2012 and has come into force on March 1, 2012 in 4 states, which include Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and all Union Territories.

As there is a huge public fund committed by the central government for health insurance schemes, in its current plan, it is high time for the other state governments like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka etc to quickly ratify the Central Act, opined a spokes person from QCI.
As the process of preparing the standards is going on, the QCI is also planning to seek the advice of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dental Association, Department of Ayush, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), for a comprehensive and effective draft.

Further assisting the government, the QCI is also compiling a national register of clinical establishments and classify these establishments into different categories while developing the minimum standards and their periodic review.

QCI urges hospital managements not to compromise with patients safety

QCI urges hospital managements not to compromise with patients safety
December 30, 2011, 0800 IST – Source : Pharmabiz News

Quality Council of India (QCI) has urged all the healthcare providers in the country to ensure that they follow all quality standard guidelines recommended by the government to avoid any complications that may compromise patients safety in the hospitals. This demand comes in the wake of the devastating fire at Amri Hospital that claimed lives of 190 people due negligence on the part of the hospital.

With a view to ensure that all the hospitals in the country are sensitised about the importance of following all the quality and safety regulations, QCI had recently organised its first national quality conclave for the healthcare sector in Bangalore. The conclave focused on enhancing the quality in healthcare system of the country and deliberate on the issues that hinder in deliverance of quality service.

According to Rajendra Pratap Gupta, member, Healthcare-Quality Council of India, “It is not possible to provide accreditation to all the hospitals at once since its takes a lot of time as well as man power to do that. However it does not mean that the hospitals that are not under National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) should fall behind. We want the healthcare providers to understand that accreditation is important but at the same time it is not beyond quality. We want to ensure and change the way things are perceived today by stressing on keeping up with our motto to ensure quality healthcare in the country.”

He informed that as on date NABH, which is a constituent board of QCI has accredited nearly 140 hospitals and another 500 plus hospitals are preparing for accreditation in the country. The accreditation programme by NABH covers all the facets of patient safety including surgical safety, medication management, hospital infection and patient communication. The primary goal of accreditation is to ensure that the hospitals not only perform evidence based practices but also give importance to access, affordability, efficiency, quality and effectiveness of healthcare. However, he stressed that though approval is essential steps must be taken to look beyond accreditation to address and deal with quality issues in the present healthcare system.

The conclave that was co-organised by Bronze Certification of Lean by Simpler UK at M S Ramaiah Medical College & Hospital in Bangalore provided critical inputs pertaining to various facets of quality in healthcare.

“Quality in healthcare is of paramount importance as it directly impacts human lives and unlike quality in other sectors, quality in healthcare relates to a hospital monitoring and measuring clinical outcome on a continuous basis. Through this conclave, which will be a quarterly event, we want to bring in all the healthcare providers under the same roof so that we can exchange new ideas and deliberate on issues and challenges that will have a far reaching effect on the way healthcare system is dealt in the country,” Gupta said.

He further informed that looking at the quality issues in the East zone, QCI has decided to organise the second conclave in Kolkata in March next year followed by west and north zones respectively.