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Tougher legislation for Jordan's hospitals

Hospitals in Jordan are to be targeted in a new healthcare regime aimed at persuading medical facilities to seek international accreditation.

Hospitals in Jordan are to be targeted in a new healthcare regime aimed at persuading medical facilities to seek international accreditation.

The reform is the first from Jordan's newly launched Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), a joint venture between the Ministry and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Hospitals will be encouraged to match national standards, designed to meet the requirements of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), said the Council's CEO May Abuhamdia.

The programme will spread to include all healthcare units.

"What this accreditation offers is that you have systematic, internationally recognised quality improvement," she said.

"We've started with hospitals, because standard practice is to target the healthcare facilities that provide the highest risk to patients first."

The Council is relying on market forces to persuade hospitals into the programme, as accreditation will be voluntary said Abuhamdia.

"No facilities will be closed because they are not accredited - this is not implemented as a law in Jordan and we do not know if it will be.

"Hopefully end users will eventually start to demand that their service providers go for accreditation. Facilities will lose their competitive edge without that mark of quality."

The council plans to update its standards on a bi-annual basis after industry consultations, Abhhamdia added.

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Derick P. Pasternak 11 years ago

With reference to your "sub-headline" on Jordanian accreditation, the HCAC standards have been accredited by ISQua, but the accreditation program as such has not been accredited. In any event, ISQua accredits national as well as international programs, so its accreditation of a program does not make it automatically international.