In recent times we have seen two major fire accidents in hospital setups. One hospital is in the extreme west and another hospital is in the extreme east but, both the accidents are much similar.

The hospitals are built with a lump sum of money. There should be frequent inspection from many departments as per the rules. If the inspections are properly conducted then why have these accidents been occurring? The property loss can be recovered over a period of time but the lives can’t be brought back!!

What are the permissions required:

A big list of permissions is required. The hospitals should require a minimum of a few from below given list of licenses and permissions.

  1. Regulations Building Permit and Licenses (From the Municipality
  2. No objection certificate from the Chief Fire Officer “License under Bio-Medical Management and Handling Rules, 1998.
  3. No objection certificate under the Pollution Control Act.
  4. Narcotics and Psychotropic substances Act, 1985
  5. Vehicle Registration Certificates (For all hospital vehicles.)
  6. Atomic energy regulatory body approvals (For the structural facility of radiology dept, TLD badges, etc)
  7. Boilers Act, 1923(If applicable)
  8. MTP Act, 1971 (MTP stands for Medical termination of pregnancy. To be displayed in the Gynae and Obs department)
  9. License for the Blood Bank (To be displayed in the Blood Bank)
  10. Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994(If applicable)
  11. PNDT Act, 1996 (PNDT stands for Prenatal diagnostics test. To be displayed in the Radiology department that this is followed. )
  12. Dentist Regulations, 1976
  13. Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940
  14. Electricity Act, 1998
  15. ESI Act, 1948 (For contract employees)
  16. Environment Protection Act, 1986
  17. Fatal Accidents Act 1855
  18. Guardians and Wards Act, 1890
  19. Indian Lunacy Act, 1912 (Applicable only if a Psychiatry dept is there in the hospital)
  20. Indian Nursing Council Act 1947 (Whether nurses are registered with NCI).
  21. Also one must check whether pharmacists are registered with the Pharmacy Council of India.)
  22. Insecticides Act, 1968
  23. Lepers Act Maternity Benefit Act, 1961
  24. Minimum wages act, 1948 (For contract employees)
  25. Pharmacy Act, 1948
  26. SC and ST Act, 1989
  27. Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993
  28. Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969
  29. Urban Land Act, 1976
  30. Right to Information Act 2005

*There could be little change according to the type of hospital. After getting nearly these many permissions, accidents may not occur. The accidents that happened in these two to three days are connected with the first two licenses and permissions. The investigation should bring light on the inspections which were taken place by the fire and electrical departments previously. In fact for all

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