HC for emergency medical services to road accident victims

HC for emergency medical services to road accident victims

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The High Court on Wednesday in a verdict directed the government to ensure emergency medical services to the road accident victim at all public and private hospitals of the country. The HC bench also ordered the health secretary to issue a gazette notification containing the guidelines for ensuring emergency medical service to road accident victims and protecting those who take the victims to hospitals.
The HC bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Farid Ahmed delivered the verdict after hearing a writ petition jointly filed by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Saif Kamal, a social entrepreneur seeking its directive over the matter.
In its verdict, the HC bench asked the government to issue the gazette notification in two months after receiving the copy of the verdict.
The HC directed the authorities concerned to follow the rules, which was formulated for ‘emergency treatment for road accident victim’ until the formulation of law in this regard.
The HC bench gave observations in two parts of the emergency treatment for road accident rules. It asked to include its observations in the main rules formulated by the health and family affairs ministry over the issue.
Following the High Court verdict, all private hospitals have to be bound to provide treatment to the road accident victims, Barrister Rashna Imam, one of the counsels for the petitioners, said.
Earlier, on February 10 in 2016, after a brief hearing on the writ petition, the HC bench asked the Directorate General of Health Service to issue necessary guidelines asking authorities of hospitals, the police and other authorities concerned to provide emergency medical treatment to victims of traffic accidents.
It also directed the Directorate and the roads and bridges ministry to frame the guideline on the operation and management of the emergency medical services.
The guidelines would need to detail how and where an accident victim would lodge the complaint in case of denial of emergency treatment and the punishment for such denial, the order said.
It said that the guideline would need to explain measures to be taken for the protection of people who would come at the help of the victims.
The court also directed the authorities to create public awareness about the system of ‘good Samaritans’ through the media.
The secretaries to the health ministry and the roads and bridges division were asked to report the court in three months the steps taken in compliance with the order.
The HC bench came up with the interim order asking the government to explain why their failure to provide emergency medical services to people injured in traffic accidents and to protect Samaritans at both public and private hospitals and clinics should not be declared illegal.
After the final hearing on the rule, the HC bench yesterday came up with the verdict.
Bangladesh is among those countries where road crashes and casualties continue to climb, posing a serious risk to public health.
According to WHO, every year road crashes claim lives of about 21,000, leaving countless more injured in Bangladesh. – Staff Reporter

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