Making a habit of standards

Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
I read your editorial ‘Healthy norms’ (July 24) on the accreditation of hospitals and would like to bring some things to your notice:
Why have separate accreditation standards when we are trying to be on par with everyone else and often see a hoarding for a hospital saying “As per international standards”.

What we can have is a basic minimum below which a hospital should not be allowed to function.
The more stringent the standards, the higher the economic need for enforcing them. But with socialism, social security and insurance coming in, how do we maintain equilibrium along with capitalistic needs
The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is framing accreditation standards for hospitals in India. But I hope this does not lead to Inspector Raj. Only when an organisation or institution believes that “ I should be the best,” will certain standards become a habit.
Sharad Kochhar

Only Suzuki
Apropos the news item ‘Suzuki bike numbers lag production’ (July 20). It is clarified that Synovate Motoresearch’s Anang Dev Jena had only commented on Suz-uki’s India strategy. There was no mention of TVS in his remarks.
Madhurima Bhatia, Sr Manager (PR), Synovate India

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