Ambulances are not meant to transport bodies but to ferry patients for medical aid, MP health minister Rustom Singh said on Sunday.
A new integrated ambulance service will be launched by November 1 to ensure seamless service without the hassles relating to jurisdiction, territory and other matters for the benefit of patients, Singh added.
“They (ambulances) are meant to ensure immediate treatment to patients and we will ensure that people get treatment on time. Ambulance services will be centralised. There will be no barriers of districts or categories. 108 ambulances will cater to all. Tenders have already been invited. The integrated service will be launched by November 1,” he told HT.
Singh’s comments came a day after a 30-year-old asthma patient was denied an ambulance at a community health centre (CHS) in Berasia due to the block medical officer’s ‘strict instruction’ that her permission was a must for its use.
Two ambulances were on standby at the CHS but the staff there reportedly refused to allow them to take the patient, Toran Singh Ahirwar, to a Bhopal hospital. Frantic calls were made to 108 ambulance service. The ambulance turned up three hours later but Toran had died by then.
Later, Toran’s relatives took his body to the Berasia police station and demanded an FIR against Wadia. Police, however, have registered the matter under section 174 of CrPC.
Hindustan Times tried to contact Wadia, but did not get any response.
“The relatives of Toran Ahirwar have complained to SDM and CMHO. The autopsy is over but we are yet to get the report. The CHC doctors said Toran had gastritis and heart complications. He was suffering from liver ailments. We are investigating the matter,” town inspector HC Ladiya said.
Chief medical and health officer Dr Veena Sinha said the matter is being investigated.
Incidentally, in Sheopur on Saturday, a man accused district hospital of medical negligence after his son died. Ramlakhan Rawat from Morena had admitted his son Kamlesh, 27, to the hospital after he complained of diarrohea. Rawat also alleged that the hospital did not allot him an ambulance for taking his son’s body back home.