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Soon, accident victims to get free treatment

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 22, 2013
First Published: 01:53 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:55 IST(22/4/2013)

In a unique initiative to bring down accident fatalities on National Highway-8 and provide immediate medical attention to victims, the Ministry of Surface Transport (MoST) in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), state health departments of Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan and private sector insurance firms is going to launch a pilot project.

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The aim is to rescue accident victims on the stretch between New Delhi and Jaipur and offer immediate and cashless treatment to them.

A number of private hospitals with trauma centre facilities and expertise in the field of critical care along the 261-km stretch between Delhi and Jaipur will be empanelled by a private sector insurance firm.

The proposed plan envisages creating a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to ensure immediate transfer of the accident victims to nearby private hospitals and providing initial crucial treatment without waiting for the police or relatives of the victims to arrive and offer financial help.

As many as 438 people died and 113 were injured in several accidents on the Gurgaon stretch of NH-8 last year.


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