Fortis gets notice over licence to do operations

Monday, 24 September 2012 - 10:32am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Fortis group continued using the licence of a Seshadripuram hospital it acquired instead of procuring its own licence.

Seemingly, the Seshadripuram branch of Fortis Hospitals has been conducting operations even though it does not have a licence authorising it to do so.

According to reliable sources, commissioner of the department of health and family welfare has served a show-cause notice to the hospital administration in this regard.

In January 2009, the Fortis Healthcare group had bought majority of shares of Lalitha Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Seshadripuram. Even though the hospital became a part of the Fortis group, it continued to use the licence of Lalitha Healthcare for conducting operations, say reliable sources in the department of health and family welfare. They add that the hospital management did not even bother to get the licence transferred in Fortis’s name.

As the licence guarantees that the hospital is allowed, and qualified, to conduct operations, its absence raises questions about the qualification of the doctors of Seshadripuram branch of Fortis Hospitals.

Commissioner, health and family welfare, Anzum Parwej, issued the notice on September 12. The action followed after they received a complaint alleging that the hospital had been conducting surgery for kidney transplantation without a licence.

Parwej said a three-member committee was set up to look into the allegation. The committee visited the hospital and submitted a report, on basis of which a show-cause notice has been issued to the hospital. Parwej said the government is looking into all the aspects and is seeking the opinion of the legal department too.

Commissioner, health and family welfare, received a complaint in this regard. The commissioner, Anzum Parwej, told DNA that a three-member committee was set up to look into the allegation. The committee visited the hospital and submitted a report, on basis of which a show-cause notice was issued to the hospital on September 7. Parwej said the government is looking into all the aspects and is seeking the opinion of the legal department too.
Sources in health department say that in violation of norms, the administration of Fortis Hospitals did not inform the authorities concerned that the group had acquired Lalitha Healthcare’s Seshadripuram branch. Nor did the administration apply for a licence, but continued using Lalitha Healthcare’s licence, which, clearly, is illegal. The sources highlight that the Fortis group’s administration had followed the norms after acquiring the Bannerghatta Road branch of Wockhardt Hospitals, which indicates that the management is aware of the rules.   


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