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City ambulance service fails to reach on time

The lives of patients are being put in danger as the Millennium City doesn't have an efficient state-run ambulance service. This was revealed during a recent mock drill by the city traffic police and a call on November 9 was made to the civil hospital for an emergency service.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2011 00:14 IST
HT Correspondent

The lives of patients are being put in danger as the Millennium City doesn't have an efficient state-run ambulance service. This was revealed during a recent mock drill by the city traffic police and a call on November 9 was made to the civil hospital for an emergency service.

The ambulance reached the spot in one hour though it hardly a 20-minute drive from the sector-51 based office of the DCP (traffic). Taking note of the poor response time, the traffic police department has written to the chief medical officer (CMO) of the Gurgaon Civil Hospital to make necessary amends.

Launched in May this year, the 24X7 service can be availed by anyone by dialling 0124-102. It was claimed that an ambulance would reach the victim within 20 minutes. The hospital charges R7 per kilometre, but the service is free for pregnant women, accident victims, BPL cardholders and patients from notified slum areas.

Though the ambulances service tries to ensure speedy response, the city needs more vehicles to reduce the time lag and save more lives, said Dr Praveen Garg, CMO, Gurgaon Civil Hospital. However, the CMO said that he was not aware about this particular incident. "I have not received any such information. I will be in a position to comment after taking all details," he said.