Quality & Patient Safety

Malaysian government considers mandatory accreditation for hospital licenses

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, December 23, 2008

The Health Ministry of Malaysia is considering requiring hospitals to be accredited through the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) before they can have their license to operate renewed, according to the New Straights Times.

The government has set a 2010 deadline for all public hospitals to be surveyed by the MSQH. So far, 64% are already MSQH accredited, reports the Times. The Health Ministry's Deputy Director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah urged insurers to recommend clients are MSQH-accredited and teaching hospitals to include patient safety in their curriculum.

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