Premier calls for stricter nursing home safety inspections

  • Date: 2016-07-07
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

At  the  Cabinet  meeting  today  Premier  Lin  Chuan  instructed  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare  (MOHW)  and  the  Ministry  of  the  Interior  to  proactively  supervise  local  governments  in  enhancing  building  and  fire-safety  inspections  of  nursing  homes  and  medical  care  institutions  under  their  jurisdictions  as  well  as  enacting  standard  operating  procedures,  response  mechanisms  and  emergency  contact  networks  for  accidents,  emergencies  and  natural  disasters  in  order  to  provide  safe  nursing  and  medical  care  environments.

Early  yesterday  morning  a  fire  broke  out  at  the  Le  Huo  nursing  home  for  the  elderly  in  New  Taipei  City’s  Xindian  District,  taking  six  lives  and  causing  injuries.  The  premier  expressed  his  condolences  to  the  victims  and  their  families.

Aside  from  thoroughly  carrying  out  safety  maintenance  and  inspections  of  nursing  homes  and  medical  care  institutions  set  up  in  residential  or  office  complexes,  relevant  ministries  should  proactively  oversee  local  governments  in  strengthening  maintenance  and  fire  safety  inspections  of  buildings,  Lin  instructed.

The  premier  also  tasked  the  Executive  Yuan’s  Office  of  Disaster  Management  to  ensure  that  the  responsible  agencies  enhance  building-  and  fire-safety  inspections  and  maintenance  along  with  disaster-response  mechanisms  for  places  where  people  congregate  or  large  events  are  held,  such  as  schools,  cram  schools,  hospitals,  theaters  and  department  stores,  in  order  to  prevent  such  an  incident  from  happening  again  and  avoid  the  loss  of  lives  and  property.

The  New  Taipei  City  Government  (NTCG)  conducted  onsite  rescue  immediately  after  the  Le  Huo  fire  broke  out  and  later  arranged  settlements  for  the  victims,  the  premier  noted.  He  enjoined  the  MOHW  to  assist  the  NTCG  in  carrying  out  subsequent  medical  care  services  and  condolence  measures.