'Killing Patients With Fire': Supreme Court Raps Gujarat On Safety Rules

Supreme Cloister was bent at Gujarat for aggravating to relax assurance rules for hospital barrio (File)

Gujarat's move to affluence hospital architecture assurance rules amidst Covid was airtight today by the Supreme Court, which put the adjustment on authority and said: "To save lives in the communicable we are killing bodies with fire."

A Gujarat adjustment on July 8 had said no activity would be taken adjoin barrio afterwards "Building Use Permission" till March abutting year.

"The Gujarat government notification goes adjoin accessible bloom and safety. In the accomplishment to save bodies in communicable we are killing bodies by fire," the Supreme Cloister said.

Eight Covid patients were dead in a blaze in August aftermost year at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. In November, six bodies died at Rajkot's Uday Shivanand Hospital. The badge said the blaze started in the ICU. In May, 18 bodies died in addition hospital fire, in Bharuch.

The Supreme Court, which had ordered blaze assurance audits for hospitals beyond India afterwards the fires, was bent at the accompaniment government for aggravating to relax assurance rules for hospital barrio admitting these incidents.

"There are hospitals that accept been active for over 30 years afterwards requisite permissions and assurance measures. We are consistently alone exempting developers who are actionable laws, that is all we are accomplishing in this country," the board said.

Justice MR Shah told the Gujarat government lawyer: "Have you apparent the action of ICUs? 7-8 beds in baby rooms. We are not casual any orders on ICUs because this is an emergency bearings we are in. But if you were to go by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) rules again 80 per cent of the ICUs would accept to shut down."

Justice DY Chandrachud fatigued that the government could not acquiesce such actionable buildings.

"If the government allows such actionable barrio to action again it's activity to be actual unsafe. You can't accept nursing homes that accept bristles floors and no lifts. Or no able exits. We will be allowing alarming establishments to abide if we accumulate giving liberties like this," said Justice Chandrachud.

"By acceding absolution and stays we are conniving if we do this. We can't cure all ills in Indian association but we charge do what we can as board to apostle the aphorism of law," he added.

The Gujarat government had antiseptic that its notification didn't beggarly that it was adequate rules on blaze assurance compliance. But the cloister emphasised that Architecture Use Permissions were appropriately important and said it was alarming that abounding hospitals had yet to access them.

"It appears that by demography awning of the communicable a account has been conferred aloft the developers. The boondocks planning and architecture use rules were fabricated for attention the bloom of people. We appetite compliance. If addition is active a nursing home for 38 years afterwards architecture use permissions in that case the Gujarat government's notification is agnate to accommodating gross irregularities and that goes adjoin accessible bloom and safety," the two-judge bank said.

Senior apostle Dushyant Dave, who appeared on account of the victims of these fires, requested the court, "These hospitals accept fabricated millions during COVID. Can advantage be accepted to these bodies who absent lives to these tragedies?" The Supreme Cloister said it would adjudge later.

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