New Delhi: In an election year, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has amended guidelines for journalists’ accreditation stating that if a journalist is found to have “created and/or propagated” fake news, the journalist’s accreditation will be suspended or permanently cancelled.

In a press release issued Monday evening, it said that the Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the two regulatory bodies for print and television media respectively, will determine whether the news is fake or not.

Once a complaint is registered for “determination of fake news,” the Ministry’s statement said, the accreditation of the journalist who “created and/or propagated the fake news” will be “suspended till such time the determination regarding the fake news is made by the regulating agencies mentioned above”.

Immediate responses to the move from journalists were almost uniformly negative, ranging from those who think this move will not affect the actual problem of fake news to others who believe this is an attack on press freedoms.

The Press Information Bureau website says that 2,404 journalists now have accreditation. To put that number in context, there were 105,443 newspapers registered in India as of 2015 (and that does not count broadcast or digital news organisations). So it is clear that the impact of these regulations is on a very small subset of Indian journalists.

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Mangaluru: The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) has granted NABH accreditation to Unity Hospital, with effect from December 2, 2020, which is valid up to December 1, 2023.

NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations. NABH is an institutional member as well as a board member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and the hospitals accredited by NABH will have international recognition.

Accreditation in healthcare goes beyond just infrastructure for a hospital. It is about process and outcome.

NABH standards for hospitals provides a framework for quality assurance and quality improvement at all levels and across all the functions. It calls for compliance with the laws of the land, seeks to question how the objectives of patient safety & infection control are achieved.

The accreditation process started a few years back and with the continuous dedication and hard work of every staff of the Unity Hospital.

Its NABH journey started in the year 2017. They received entry-level, NABH accreditation in the year 2018. The full NABH accreditation milestone was achieved in 2020.

So far, NABH has accredited only 725 hospitals in the country and Unity Hospital is the 723rd in the list. This makes Unity Hospital, the fifth hospital in the city to get full NABH accreditation.

Unity Hospital was established in 1978 under the leadership of its chairman and medical director Dr C P Habeeb Rehman with the aim to provide patients with a safe, economical and comfortable environment to avail healthcare services.

Since its inception, they have been consistently providing high quality and up-to-date preventive and curative health services to a population spread across the western coast of Karnataka and northern Kerala.

The NABH accreditation strengthens the vision of the hospital - ‘To be recognised, respected and be the most preferred health care service provider’ and the hospital’s mission – ‘To provide patients with quality healthcare services in a comfortable, caring and safe environment’.

The challenges ahead for healthcare providers are many. Unity Hospital’s pursuit of excellence is insatiable. Their journey of delivering safe and quality patient care will continue with enthusiasm and dedication.