From The President’s Desk:
It has been 15 years since PHANA was formed, to address the needs of hospitals and nursing homes in Bangalore.
Since the inception of PHANA, there has been a sea change in the healthcare scenario in Bangalore. Not only has there been an exponential increase in the population of Bangalore, but the number of hospitals have almost doubled in the last decade. With this has come new laws and regulations. Today, we face multiple regulations and report to multiple agencies, with an overlapping of the agencies and regulations. The duplication of regulations, accompanying paperwork and follow up with multiple agencies and regulatory bodies is not only adding to the cost of healthcare delivery, but many of the small nursing homes (10-30 bedded) who form more than 70 % of our members are finding difficulty in complying with the law. To address this issue, PHANA, with your suggestions and active supports, would like to lobby with the government to rationalize the regulations and if possible to have a single window for all clearances.
Presently PHANA has more than 400 members. We have formed 7 zones in Bangalore along with zonal committees which shall henceforth be the driving force of all our activities, to streamline the activities of our association as well as to canalize the strengths and energies of members and to build up the reputation of brand PHANA. PHANA has been in the forefront of addressing the problems of all hospitals in Bangalore and closely working with allied associations like the IMA, NATHEALTH, B-PAC and AHPI to take up issues like enhancing patient safety, healthcare quality, awareness on Medico legal & statutory issues and skill development.
The most burning issues like prevention of atrocities against health care personnel and hospitals, enhancement of CGHS tariffs and centralized/ bulk purchase, are also being addressed. PHANA has built up a good reputation not only in Bangalore but throughout Karnataka. In fact, hospitals across Karnataka also want to become members of our association. As approved at the last AGM, PHANA will start district chapters in all the districts of Karnataka, once it is ratified in the upcoming AGM.
I would like to thank my team of office bearers and members of the executive committee, who are a strong source of support and without whom we could not have achieved or attempted many of the initiatives.
Hence the membership drive and information dissemination is vital for our survival. To achieve this, we are shortly commencing e-newsletter also.
To quote Martin Luther King Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. Let’s all strive to make PHANA stronger and a brand to reckon with.