September 2008

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Escorts receives the coveted NABH accreditation

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC), one of the top cardiac super-specialty hospital in Delhi, recently became the third hospital under the Fortis Healthcare umbrella to receive the NABH accreditation, the highest national recognition for quality patient care and safety. Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre & Fortis Healthcare Ltd received the coveted certificate from Mr B K Rana, Deputy Director, NABH. The other hospitals under the Fortis Healthcare umbrella to have received the NABH accreditation include Fortis Hospital Noida and Mohali.

NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare organisations) is a constituent autonomous board of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare delivery organisations. The accreditation is in recognition of Escorts Heart Institute's impressive track record and future resolution in providing quality patient care and patient safety.

Escorts Heart Institute has always been the hallmark of medical quality and expertise in cardiac care and NABH accreditation is a testimony to this fact. NABH standards greatly emphasize patient rights, benefits, safety, control and prevention of infections in hospitals, practicing good patient care, protocols and better clinical outcome.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Escorts He art Institute and Research Centre said, “As a leading healthcare service provider in India, it is our responsibility to continuously raise the bar for quality standards. The NABH accreditation marks a milestone in our endeavor to take Escorts Heart Institute from excellence to pre-eminence and reaffirms our ability to deliver world-class integrated healthcare services to our patients.” He further added, “Greater adoption of quality accreditation like NABH by the healthcare service providers in India will accelerate India's emergence as a medical capital of the world. We wish to lead that change.” Escort Heart Institute underwent several months of rigorous screening process to receive the coveted accreditation. 


ESI Corp to set up 28 medical colleges

The Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation that provides healthcare facilities to industrial workers has decided to step into the field of medical education. In an innovative move, it will set up 28 medical colleges and start post graduation courses by the next academic session in 2009.

“We are aware that there is a shortage of doctors and it's no different for ESI hospitals across the country. By the next academic year, we are planning to start 500 seats at the post graduation level,” Chaturvedi said in an interview. He said the ESI Corp, which is under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, aims to set up a medical college in every state and become self-reliant. “The adding of 500 medical seats will help aspiring students every year, and in return we will get qualified doctors to serve in our own hospitals.

“A while ago we had put our proposal before the health ministry and have already got the go ahead. We have the capital and manpower, and now have the ministry's support too,” he said.

The ESI Corp is associated with over 331,000 factories and establishments across the country and provides benefits to about 10 million workers and their families.

The corporation currently has 144 full-fledged hospitals, 42 hospital annexes, 1,388 dispensaries, 1,942 panel clinics and 300 diagnostic centres across the country.

Chaturvedi said the existing network of ESI hospitals would help the corporation in implementing the plan. “We have the basic infrastructure and what we need to do is to upgrade it, add laboratories, other necessary equipments.” Chaturvedi said “a new medical college will cost them INR 2.5 billion” and the ESI has adequate funds. The Planning Commission has said this year that India faces a shortage of about 600,000 doctors.


Kilo Scale Synthesis Lab at Chembiotek, Kolkata

TCG Lifesciences Ltd has commissioned its cGMP kilo scale synthesis laboratory in Kolkata at 'Chembiotek,' its discovery research services business unit. This represents a significant new step in establishing its fully integrated drug discovery and development research services offerings to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With the aim to support its clients' developmental needs by supplying material required for 'First-in-human' clinical studies, this facility has been designed with reactor capacity ranging up to 200L and reaction capabilities ranging from -80 to +200 degree Celsius.

High-end equipment, such as Differential Scanning Calorimeter and Reaction Calorimeter, have been installed with matching equipment like centrifuges, jet mills, vacuum tray dryers, sifters, etc. Following 'safety through quality' principle, the whole facility is integrated with a full scale Effluent Treatment Plant and due care has been taken to comply with stringent Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) norms. A strong quality control team has been put in place to monitor achievement of the cGMP norms for the release of the material synthesized.

Chembiotek provides high-end chemistry and allied discovery research solutions to its customers. The addition of this cGMP compliant kilo lab will allow them to offer developmental chemistry services which would enable them to speedily and seamlessly transfer technology from their current chemistry labs to the kilo lab for scale-up, process development and optimisation. This kilo lab will also serve as a robust platform for technology transfer to pilot plant scale.

The kilo lab would operate on a 24×7 basis with particular emphasis on efficiency, time optimisation, innovative analytical techniques and highest quality control standards. Keeping in mind the spectrum of reaction handling capabilities, the lab will serve the varying needs of the existing and prospective customers. It will support all Investigative New Drugs (“IND”) enabling activities and the manufacture of clinical trial materials under GMP conditions. Other capabilities would include analytical method development, synthesis of impurities, metabolites and degradation products and stability studies, as per the international guidelines. 


KLE Society bags Kolhapur health city project
 
Belgaum-based Karnataka Legal Education (KLE) Society has bagged the INR 500 crore 'Medical Health City' project, proposed by the Kolhapur municipal corporation (KMC), after winning the bid against the likes of Reliance Group, Hyderabad-based IVRL Group, Chennai-based Apollo Hospital, Delhi-based Value Group, Mumbai-based Hinduja National Hospital and Chennai-based Narayan Rudra Hospital.

Apparently, the society had submitted an offer of INR 31.42 crore for the space in the project. KMC will provide around 10.56-lakh sq ft of land and other infrastructural facilities for the project, which will be the first of its kind in Western Maharashtra.

The KLE society is expected to build a well-equipped hospital having 2,000 beds and other modern medical facilities. Besides, it will offer a well-built hospital in the area of 50,000 sq ft to KMC, replacing the present hospital, which needs renovation and other amenities.

While KMC's new hospital will provide medical facilities for the epidemic-diseases, the KLE society's private hospital will provide ultra-modern facilities to those who afford the fees and other costs of the medical services and facilities.

Speaking about the project, Dr. Sudhir Deshmukh, health officer at KMC pointed out that KLE society's offer is to be discussed in details in due course of time and will be finalised for the submission for final approval during KMC's general body meeting.

For Indian doctors, PG now a long and rustic journey

At present, PG in medicine is a three-year course, which most doctors pursue to specialise in niche areas, and now it is learnt that health minister A Ramadoss has already cleared a proposal to make mandatory one-year rural internship services for PG. The Medical Council of India (MCI) is preparing the guidelines and the government is planning to implement the new rules from the next academic session. Doctors will have to have a rural stint for a year before getting their masters degree in medicine.

“After being cleared by the health minister, the proposal has been sent to the state medical councils. Once the guidelines are issued by the MCI, the states would have to mandatorily follow them,” a senior health ministry official said. When contacted, an MCI official said that the guidelines would be issued in some time. The new policy of extension of medical PG by an additional year would require an amendment to the regulations guiding the PG courses.

Last year, the government had planned one-year mandatory rural internship in MBBS. However, following strong protests from medical fraternity the government decided to roll back the proposal. The medical fraternity was of the view that mandatory rural service in PG course is fine, provided the final degree given is also accordingly modified. Hence, the government has gone ahead with the idea of including an extra year in the PG programme. The government feels that the move will help to partly fill the huge shortage of medical services in rural areas.

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