Minister says Jordan ‘model’ in improving quality of health services

Amman, Health Minister Feras Hawari Monday said on the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) Jordan was able to be a “model” in improving the quality of its health services and the safety of patients.

Hawari said during the event, opened by Princess Muna Al-Hussein, 15 hospitals in Jordan are registered with HCAC, adding that accredited mammography units amounted to 16.

He added that the Ministry of Health (MoH) is committed to strengthening its partnership with HCAC, noting that 200 health centres and six hospitals were included in the accreditation journey as part of national economic reform and the Ministry’s strategy.

Hawari said HCAC improved the quality of health services provided by governmental and private health services.

Saeed Darwazah, the president of HCAC, said the Council is a “regional centre for expertise and services related to quality and patient safety,” adding that the three accreditation schemes are: accreditation at the institution level, training of residents and accreditation of all council standards.

The Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed Mandhari, said cooperation with the HCAC is a priority to enhance health services in the region.

HCAC began as a project of USAID in 2003, according to USAID Director in Amman Sherry Carlin, who said, “The Council moved to become an independent and impartial national institution whose goal is patient safety.”

Source: Jordan News Agency

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