NITI Aayog Launches Report on Best Practices in the Performance of District Hospitals


The NITI Aayog today published Best Practices in the Performance of District Hospitals, a performance evaluation study of district hospitals in India. The study is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and WHO India. The on-site data validation was carried out by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, a constituent board of the Quality Council of India.

In the report's Foreword, NITI Aayog Member Dr. V.K. Paul underlined the importance of district hospitals in 

"building healthier communities by offering a wide spectrum of healthcare services that cater to all persons in the community.

Despite their critical role in delivering advanced secondary care, there are sadly limitations, including a lack of human resources, capacity, usage, and service uptake.' He stated, "These gaps must be filled in order to make "health for all" a reality and to ensure that every person has access to safe and dependable health care." The NITI Aayog district hospital performance evaluation exercise is a crucial step in that direction.'

‘This study is the first-ever performance assessment of district hospitals done across the country,' said CEO Shri Amitabh Kant. It represents a significant change in the healthcare delivery system toward data-driven governance and brings us even closer to communities and individuals seeking health care. The exercise's overall goal is to pave the path for a better-educated knowledge of healthcare services accessible in various locations.'

Overall, 75 district hospitals from 24 states and union territories stood out for indicators ranging from bed availability, medical and paramedical personnel, basic health and diagnostic testing services, to outputs such as bed occupancy rate and a number of procedures per surgeon.

The report also highlights some key issues confronting the health system and offers some long-term solutions to improve the condition of district hospitals throughout the country, primarily by improving data reporting in HMIS and encouraging such performance assessment exercises to bring about greater accountability for health care services in district hospitals.

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