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Licence expired in 2011, civil hospital blood bank still awaiting renewal

Vandana Singh , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, July 15, 2014
First Published: 16:11 IST(15/7/2014) | Last Updated: 16:13 IST(15/7/2014)

Blood bank of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, which is a district-level blood bank, is waiting for the renewal of its licence for the past three years. The licence of the blood bank got expired in December 2011. The inspection committee has visited the blood bank many times, but found shortcomings and declined to renew its licence.

The central approval committee visited the blood bank in the month of February this year, but renewal was denied on numerous grounds, including lack of facilities for the donors, dust presence etc.

This blood bank is a lifeline of the civil hospital and also the other private hospitals. The blood bank has only five technicians against the sanctioned posts of 8. Because of shortage of staff, many a times patients don’t get blood on time, as before the blood is given for transfusion, it goes under various tests. The bank also lacks sufficient availability of blood.

An official requesting anonymity said that a blood bank can’t operate in absence of valid licence and the licence is not renewed only when the blood bank lacks the basic facilities or don’t comply with all the rules. It has been more than 2 years, but the hospital authorities are not taking necessary steps so that the licence is renewed attitude is of dilly-delaying only.”

Incharge of blood bank Dr Ramandeep Kaur said, “We have sent our compliance report to the committee after rectifying the shortcomings pointed out by them. Now, we are waiting for the team to revisit.”

Zonal drug licencing authority, Ludhiana, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, said, “The blood bank is not without a licence, only the renewal is pending, which will be renewed soon.”

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