The National Health Commission is hoping that the Dominica China Friendship Hospital will be accredited to ensure the delivery of the best standard of service.
Accreditation involves a system of review that allows healthcare organizations to demonstrate their ability to meet regulatory requirements and standards according to a recognized accreditation organization either within national borders or internationally.
Members of the Commission have informed Dominica Vibes that international accreditation is the goal.
Jennifer Astaphan is Deputy Chair of the National Health Commission established to, among other things, create a Health Board to manage the operations of the hospital.
She highlights that a standardized system of quality assurance would be enforced.
“What we intend to do is to set the trajectory on an accreditation context,” she said. “When you do that…the standards and the protocols clearly set out the lines of accountability and really create the framework and the environment for people to account for deviations in what should be standards and protocols.”
Accreditation standards are created by industry experts with service providers’ needs in mind.
The reduction of medical error is a key role of the accreditation process.
Hospital accreditation is therefore one component in the maintenance of patient safety.