Two days after a major fire gutted portions of SUM Hospital where 20 patients lost their lives, protests have erupted outside premises demanding that the hospital claim responsibility for the accident and questioned the management and asked where the owners were.
According to The Indian Express, the hospital lost its accreditation with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) two months ago. It was found lacking quality standards, including measures to deal with fire. An FIR was lodged against the hospital authorities by the fire services department for not adhering to the recommendations that the latter made during a fire safety audit in 2013.
In a conversation with The Indian Express on Tuesday. Dr K K Kalra, CEO of NABH said, “SUM Hospital lost its accreditation about two months back when the surveillance team found it to be wanting on several counts. NABH does not have specific standards for various units of the hospital but SUM was found to be lacking in overall compliance to our standards.”
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Moreover, NABH sources said that the inspection team had found that the hospital had not renewed its fire no-objection certificate (NoC) after 2013 and fire drills showed that its staff had not been adequately trained. It added that that the inspection report, which ran into ten chapters, reported serious deficiencies in almost every chapter in relation to safety of the patients and the “overall intent” of the hospital.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan arrived in Bhubaneswar today to take stock of the fire tragedy that took lives of 20 people while injuring hundreds of others.