Hospital administrators let loose, will enforce 7 fire regulations
High court condemns doctors’ strike, hospital authorities start running asking government to take other action: New NOC and renewal application slapped in fire department
In more than 325 private as well as government hospitals in Rajkot city, the fire NOC issue has been changed several times, and the authorities of the hospitals have gone on strike, despite the fact that the system has worked hard to install fire safety equipment as per the rules and get the fire NOC. Opposing the new seven rules, the High Court took a serious note of it and advised the state government to implement the rules for the safety of the people and most of the hospital managers have applied for the renewal of the fire department’s NOC as well as a new one.
Fire NOC has been made mandatory in hospitals having beds. In this regard, the High Court has also clashed many times and ordered to take strict action on the fire NOC issue. In which, recently, instructions have been given to implement seven new rules in hospitals, including ICU section on the ground floor, use of non-flammable cloths including sprinklers and window curtains and pillow covers in ICUs, walls of stairs, no windows and no windows at the entrance of hospitals. For years, hospitals operating in commercial buildings have been on a one-day strike protesting the new rules stating that it is impossible to build the ICU department on the ground floor, while implementing new rules including non-use and monthly inspection of AC and other equipment used in ICUs and monthly inspection and reporting of electrical equipment. did Condemned in strong terms, the High Court said that the rules cannot be violated for the sake of the people, taking a middle way in the new seven rules and telling the state government to strictly enforce the fire safety issue. The Indian Medical Association has expressed its readiness to make changes in the ICU wards in the commercial buildings prepared in advance in the commercial buildings as per the new rules for the NOC renewal. Several hospital authorities have filed petitions.
Most of the more than 325 hospitals in Rajkot are located in commercial buildings on floors other than the ground floor. Years ago, many hospitals were given permission to install iron folding stairs in commercial buildings on the issue of double staircases, which were constructed as per GDCR norms due to which a major demolition was required as per the new fire safety norms. When there are many hurdles in the implementation of the new seven rules, the hospital workers took the path of strike. Which was not successful.
According to the sources of the fire department, after the strike, the high court checked according to the old rules and in the hospitals which have been running for years, which rules were implemented earlier and if the BU certificate issue is also investigated, many hospitals will have to be closed. Knowing that if such measures are taken, there will be trouble, the hospitals have started applying to the fire department for renewal of fire NOC and for issuing new ones with the implementation of the new rules and preparing to implement the new rules.
Now there will be difficulty in getting approval of hospitals
According to the details learned from the sources of Municipal Fire Department, many new rules have been implemented by the court to prevent the loss of lives in fire incidents in hospitals. It has been told to the government that it should be followed. The buildings constructed earlier then were constructed as per the old GDCR thus creating many problems for the Fire NOC. But now the rules to be mentioned in advance in the plans for constructing hospitals or other units in newly constructed commercial buildings will be introduced shortly. So now it will be difficult to get approval for hospitals in buildings with shops below in commercial buildings. According to the instructions of the court, new rules may be implemented in the coming days by the state government. In which BU certificate will also be specially included.
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