Pune: Members of Pune Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have expressed disappointment regarding delay in hospital licence renewal process. The members of the IMA want the Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to speed up the process.
Currently, the Health Department of PMC has 348 applications for licence renewal from hospitals. Out of these, 146 have been given certificates while documents provided by 202 other hospitals were found incomplete. Officials said applications of these 202 hospitals have been sent back to the concerned ward offices and the necessary documents are awaited.
While talking to Sakal Times, Dr Sanjay Patil, Chairman of the Hospital Board of India, Pune Chapter, said, “City-based hospitals applying for licence renewal with the PMC are facing problems for the past six months. Earlier, the certificates were received by the hospitals within 30 to 40 days but currently even after 90 days the process of licence renewal for hospitals has not been completed by PMC.”
Patil said this year the authorities have been asking for unnecessary documents due to which the process of licence renewal for hospitals has been delayed for nearly three months.
“Usually the renewal is a simple process and it should be of single window clearance. But doctors from IMA are facing a lot of issues in getting renewal licences for their hospitals,” said Dr Patil.
He said that since 2015, all hospitals are supposed to renew their licences for every three years while earlier the hospitals had to do it each year.
Dr Patil said in the coming week, doctors will be writing to Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao stating that if any unfortunate event happens the PMC commissioner along with the Health Department officials will be responsible.
Commenting on the issues raised by IMA regarding delay in hospital licence renewal, officials from the Health Department of PMC said lack of manpower and insufficient documents provided by hospitals has resulted in delay of issuing renewed licences to many hospitals.
Assistant Health Chief, PMC, Dr Vaishali Jadhav said, “Earlier there was one doctor for each ward but presently there is one doctor for three wards who gets the applications for licence renewal and submits them to the main office. Also in the main office there is manpower crunch which is one reason for delay in the process hospital licence renewal.”
Dr Jadhav said the administration has been asked to scrutinize all applications and documents in detail and as many hospitals have provided insufficient documents the process for those hospitals has been delayed.
“We have directives to ensure proper scrutiny of documents for the Hospital licence renewal process. We are checking qualification of doctors, nurses, payment of property tax, fire audits among other things. If the required documents are not provided we have to send the application back to the ward offices and the process is getting delayed,”