Road Accident Victims In Delhi To Get Free Treatment In Private Hospitals
The Delhi government has proposed to bear the cost of treatment of victims of motor accidents, fire incidents and acid attacks that take place on the city's roads at private hospitals, too, under a new scheme.
According to the government, there is no upper cap on the expenses to be borne by the city administration. The scheme was approved at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on December 12. The proposal will now be sent Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal for his approval.
At a press conference in New Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that irrespective of the domicile of the victims, free medical treatment would be provided to them in case of burns, motor accidents and acid attacks on Delhi roads.
Most people attempted to take road accident victims to a government hospital even if a private hospital in nearer. This is why victims are not treated during the “golden hour”, says the minister said.
After the approval of the scheme by the Cabinet, Kejriwal said: "Every life counts. Every life is important for us. If an accident victim receives best medical care immediately, many lives cud be saved (sic)."
The health minister said that the Delhi government would bear the treatment cost of such people in both its own and private hospitals.
Jain claimed that 8,000 accidents occur on Delhi roads every year, affecting 15,000-20,000 people, and about 1,600 people die every year due to road accidents.
In January this year, the state government approved a Good Samaritan Policy, under which monetary incentive of Rs 2,000 and appreciation certificate would be given to people who help road accident victims in the national capital.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has praised residents of the national capital for an "improved" traffic sense, observing that people are using horns less frequently and wearing seat belts. The court also gave credit to the Delhi Traffic Police for bringing this change.
With inputs from Housing News