- A Pune based health activist has started an online petition on change.org, which will be submitted to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis asking the state government to start a scheme for free emergency service for accident victims. The petition refers to the service for the same which is started in Delhi and Kerala.
- The petition states that every fourth person who meets road accident in Maharashtra had died in last six years
- From 2011 to 2016, Maharashtra witnessed death of 78,317 persons in road accidents while 2, 47,402 were injured
- Statistics convey that Maharashtra is second state in India with highest numbers of road accidents and third in terms of accident deaths. A majority of the victims are in the age group of 18 to 45
Dr Abhijit More, who has started this petition said, “Many times it is observed that private hospitals refuse to admit accident victims as they feel they are poor. They are asked to pay a hefty amount in advance. Valuable time is spent in collecting money or trying to locate a government hospital in the vicinity of the accident and the victim’s life hangs in a balance.”
He added, “If the victim doesn’t get to the hospital within the golden hour, then chances of survival may go down with time. It is for this reason that a free emergency service should be started.”
While making an appeal to sign up for the petition stated, ‘Sign my petition and ask the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to save lives of thousands of accident victims by launching scheme for free emergency care, in all hospitals – public and private, for accident victims which will provide evidence based, protocol driven care without delay.’
It further refers to an incidence happened in Subhash Nagar, Delhi where road accident victim bled to death because he was not given any medical assistance in the needed hour.
The petition mentions that, ‘In response, Delhi government unveiled the ‘Good Samaritan Policy’ in January 2017 to reward people helping road accident victims with reward money of Rs 2,000 as well as certificates of appreciation.
The Delhi government started an inclusive ‘accident victim scheme’ where the Delhi government would cover of 100 per cent costs on treatment of victims of road accidents, fire and acid attack, in nearest hospital available without any conditionality of Above Poverty Line (APL) or Below Poverty Line (BPL), first 48 hours etc. It also mentions the story of a road accident victim form Kerala which prompted Kerala government to start the similar scheme.
Meanwhile, My Medical Mantra had reported on state government’s proposed policy for free treatment to accident victims. The state had proposed ‘Balasaheb Thackeray accidental insurance scheme’, through which the state government wants to assure that, no victim is denied treatment in hospitals due to non-availability of funds, immediately after the accident occurs.