Free Delivery Scheme which was launched by government in the year 2009-2010 has been dumped. Under this scheme financially backward families got support from government during delivery at any private or government hospitals. This was done to reduce cases of maternal and fetal death during delivery. Economically backward people found it difficult to afford huge cost of delivery at any private hospitals. This scheme was a boon for them but lack of response has left the beneficiaries stranded.
Due to recent fire mishap at Care Hospital, Nagpur and a hospital in Kolkata now NOC from fire department is compulsory for running private hospitals.
Dr Milind Ganvir, deputy director for Health said that so far fire NOC was not compulsory for issuing licenses. The fire NOC is compulsory only when the nursing home building is fire storeyed and above.