In a major initiative, the Odisha government has decided to conduct ranking of all hospitals across the State and felicitate the top performing facilities.
The move is aimed at assessing the performance of public health facilities in terms of their functioning and quality of care and creating a healthy competitive spirit among them, the State Health Department said in a statement.
As part of the move, all Medical Colleges and Hospitals, District Headquarter Hospitals, SDHs and CHCs functioning as First Referral Units will be graded annually (every Financial Year) based on defined parameters.
Based on the score, ranking of facilities shall be done for each category of hospital and the same will be published.
The top performing facilities will be felicitated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, said a statement issued by the Health Department.
In addition, cash reward will also be given to Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) of the winners.
The RKS of MCH securing Rank 1, 2 and 3 will get cash reward of Rs 300 lakh, Rs 150 lakh and Rs 100 lakh, respectively. The cash reward for RKS of DHH of Rank 1, 2 and 3 will get Rs 100 lakh, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 30 lakh.
Besides, the RKS of all other category of health facilities like SDH and CHC which are functioning as first referral units will get Rs 50 lakh, Rs 25 lakh and Rs 15 lakh for Rank 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
The health department has specified certain indicators of annual grading system for each category of facility. Parameters like bed occupancy rate, meeting FRU target for caesarean section, types of diagnosis service provided are among the parameter fixed for grading of district headquarters hospitals.
The indicators are more or less same for annual grading system of SDH and CHC and MCH.
The health department said several reforms measures have been undertaken in the health sector to achieve universal health coverage as part of the 5T charter of the Odisha government.
“The prime objective is to improve patient satisfaction through bringing teamwork, technology, transparency and transformation of the healthcare service delivery system in a time bound manner,” it added.