Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

Health ministry to name hospitals which do not perform under Kayakalp initiative


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: ‘Kayakalp’ initiative, Mera Aspataal initiative

Mains level: Steps taken by the government to raise the level of health services being provided in the country

Fixing accountability of medical institutions

  1. The Health Ministry has decided to name from next year onwards those health facilities which are not up to the mark on various parameters, including sanitation, waste management and infection control under its ‘Kayakalp’ initiative
  2. To fix accountability at various levels, the ministry will declare names of hospitals to which patients have not given positive feedback through its Mera Aspataal (My Hospital) app

Mera Aspataal initiative

  1. It aims at empowering patients by seeking their views on the quality of experience in a public healthcare facility
  2. Patient satisfaction is the ultimate test for assessing the quality of services, provided by a healthcare facility under this initiative
  3. It was launched in August 2016


‘Kayakalp’ initiative

  1. ‘Kayakalp’ programme was launched by the health ministry following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the people of India to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of “Swachh Bharat” (Clean India)
  2. It is an initiative for awarding public health facilities
  3. It aims to incentivise such facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control as well as inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation
  4. It was launched in May 2015

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