Star-ratings will no longer be the benchmark of luxury alone. Public health institutions in the country will soon be rated between zero and five stars based on the availability of services. The Ministry of Health has drawn up elaborate guidelines for star rating of community health centres — the third tier in the National Health Mission — in the first phase. It is all set to introduce a 5 per cent incentive in National Health Mission funds to states based on the cumulative star ratings of their public health centres.
To do away with any concerns about the rating method, data reported by the facilities themselves on the management information system (MIS) every month will be used to give the ratings.
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For a health facility to be eligible for star rating, it has to have at least two doctors including specialists, at least six nurses and auxiliary nurse midwives and at least one lab technician. It will not make the cut if there are no separate toilets for men and women, or it does not have an operation theatre and a generator available.
Any facility which meets all these conditions will automatically get one star followed by a two to five stars depending on facilities like availability of drugs and supplies, services, client orientation and service utilisation. For the fifth and the last star for service utilisation, the facility will need at least five caesarean sec…