[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]hile the Central Government is going all out to promote Ayurveda, hurdles are still being put by the bureaucracy to hinder the accreditation process of Ayurvedic hospitals. According to Ayurveda doctors, the present norms of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) are hard and fast and a copy-paste of the norms applicable to Allopathic hospitals. On Average, it takes no less than three years for the Ayurvedic hospitals to get accreditation from NABH.
Allopathic hospitals have clearly defined levels in the accreditation process, while no such standards exist for Ayurvedic hospitals.
The accreditation from NABH is helpful for hospitals to get a global reach. NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations. Till date, only 20 Ayurvedic hospitals have managed to pass the non-pliable accreditation process.
In Allopathic hospitals, there are different accreditation processes for big and small hospitals. This is not available to Ayurvedic hospitals. This is the main lacuna in the system, allege Ayurvedic practitioners.
The Private Ayurvedic Medical Practitioners Association (PAMPA) say that the norms set by the NABH were not suitable for ensuring quality standards of the Ayurvedic healthcare sector. The Association demands that the NABH’s accreditation system for the Ayurveda should be revamped and people from the sector should be involved in the accreditation process. They demand that Ayush Ministry should heed their demands for the betterment and development of Ayurveda.
The Association points out that while for allopathic hospitals with less than 50 beds, NABH has a separate category called Small Health Care Organisations (SHCO) where a hospital with up to 49 beds have to satisfy a lesser set of parameters, there was no such category for the Ayush sector despite several representations.
At present Ayurvedic hospitals have to meet 590 objectives to get NABH accreditation, which is totally impractical. A majority of the hospitals are in the category of around 50 beds or less and should be treated as small ventures. So it is a tedious thing for Ayurvedic hospitals to pass the accreditation norms, say the doctors.
Allopathic hospitals have clearly defined levels in the accreditation process, while no such standards exist for Ayurvedic hospitals. There are four types of classifications prescribed for Allopathic hospitals ranging from less than 50 beds to more than 100 beds. These hospitals have 41 to 105 Standard- Levels and 149 to 660 Objectives. But for Ayurvedic hospitals, there is only one category and 98 standards levels and 590 objectives to get the accreditation process.
Small Allopathic hospitals need to pay Rs.1000 for accreditation process and Rs.10000 is the Annual fee. Big hospitals application fee is Rs.40000 and Annual Fee is Rs. 1,50,000. But for Ayurvedic Hospitals, the Application Fee is Rs.20,000 and Annual Fee is Rs.60,000. The need of the hour and practical solution is to prescribe classifications for big and small Ayurvedic hospitals like Allopathic hospitals, with similar set of parameters.
The detailed representation of Ayurveda doctors in this regard is published below: