Shetty’s Indian hospital gets accreditation

Healthcare accreditation
organisation Joint Commission International has accredited Dr. Devi Shetty’s
heart hospital in Bangalore, southern India.

Dr. Shetty has signed an agreement
with the Cayman Islands Government to build a medical tourism hospital in Grand
Cayman.

The US-based Joint Commission
International accredits hospitals in the US and around the world. It granted
full accreditation to Dr. Shetty’s Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore
on 21 January.

The Cayman hospital, to be called
the Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre, would also operate to Joint
Commission International standards, Dr. Shetty said last April when he and the
Cayman Islands Government announced plans to open what would eventually be a
2,000-bed hospital.

According to a press release about
the accreditation of his Indian cardiology hospital, Dr. Shetty said that the
JCI accreditation “is a formal recognition of the highest medical standards and
practices we have in place at the Narayana heart hospital. In the United
States, JCI accreditation is the ‘seal of approval’ for medical travellers
seeking healthcare beyond the US borders. This accreditation furthers Narayana
Group’s vision to provide the highest level of healthcare to the masses at
affordable prices.” Gene Thompson, who is directing Dr. Shetty’s efforts in
Cayman, said that “international accreditation is increasingly important as
medical tourism grows as a worldwide industry. It gives patients the confidence
that the healthcare they will receive in a foreign country is of the highest
quality and in [Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre] we will offer the
highest level of tertiary health care.”

Joint Commission International is
the global division of Joint Commission Resources. The not-for-profit private
institution has accredited more than 300 facilities in 39 countries since 1999
when it accredited its first overseas medical centre. The organisation has also
partnered with the World Health Organisation to advance patient safety. The
project in Cayman is awaiting a number of laws to be passed before moving ahead
with the construction of the hospital.

The government has already passed
amendments to two key pieces of legislation – the Health Practice Law, which
would enable medical staff trained in India and other overseas countries to
practise in Cayman, and Tax Concessions (Amendment) Law, 2010, which exempts companies
from potential future taxes.  Amendments
to the Torts Law which would cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice
cases to $500,000 have been drafted and are expected to be considered by
Members of the Legislative Assembly at their next sitting.