Apollo in row with Wockhardt on accreditation

New Delhi, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:40am hrs
Two of Indias leading private hospitals on Wednesday indulged in a public spat over who was the first to obtain the prestigious healthcare accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI).

As Wockhardt Hospital claimed that it was the first super speciality hospital to get the JCI accreditation, Apollo Hospitals hit back saying: An accreditation is an accreditation and is not given under categories.

It is made after a hospital is thoroughly examined, during a survey process applied throughout the world consistently, to fulfill certain standards of international quality. Apollo got it on June 18, 2005, Apollo Hospitals managing director Anne Marie Moncure told PTI.

Wockhardt, which offers super speciality care in cardiology, neurology and orthopaedics, had got JCI accreditation on August 26, 2005.

When contacted, Wockhardt Hospitals vice-president Vishal Bali denied claiming to be the first hospital in India to get JCI accreditation but said it was the only super speciality hospital in India to get the accreditation.

We never claimed that we are the first one in the country to get the accreditation. But the fact of the matter is there is no other super speciality hospital which has got the accreditation, he said.

He said Indraprastha Apollo Hospital was a multi-specilty hospital and we recognise that they are the first ones to get it. But at the same time, in the given space, we are the only super speciality hospital to achieve the distinction.

JCI accreditation, considered as the golden standard in global healthcare sector, is a division of Joint Commission Resources that is the largest accreditor of healthcare organisation in the US.