The Bombay High Court (HC) has ordered the state government to finalise the emergency medical scheme within two months to provide medical aid to victims of road accidents on state and national highways,the process of acquisition of 937 well-equipped ambulances and finalise tender process for service provider by March,else file a comprehensive affidavit on these counts by March 19.
The order was issued in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by president of Pune-based Association for Aiding Justice Ritesh Mehta on June 1,2011. The PIL had sought implementation emergency medical service scheme for accident victims,which is long-pending with the state government.
Mehta stated in the PIL that accident victims do not get immediate medical attention during the golden hour. The state government had announced the emergency scheme,but it has not been implemented for the past five or six years. We had demanded that a medical centre be set up every 50 km on all the state and national highways to provide emergency aid to victims, he said.
The state government had submitted an affidavit to the HC on December 19,2011,saying that 937 fully-equipped ambulances were required to be stationed after every 100 km on state and national highways.
The bench observed that the issue of evolving a scheme of emergency medical services is under consideration for many years. Therefore,it is high time that the state government comes up with a proper scheme without further delay. We grant two months time to the state government to finalise the emergency medical scheme,including the process of acquisition of 937 ambulances and also finalise the tender process to select service provider for these services,if not finalised earlier.