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Drivers act as paramedics

india Updated: Sep 07, 2012 01:38 IST
Sunil Thapliyal
Sunil Thapliyal
Hindustan Times
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In a surprise inspection on Thursday, the traffic police claimed to have found ill-maintained ambulance services on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to assist accident victims.

There was no paramedical staff in the ambulance provided by Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL). The police also made a video recording of the incident.

“The tall claims of DGSCL fell flat after our team spotted an accident where a truck had rammed a car near Kherki Daula toll plaza. Though there were no causalities, our team called an ambulance. The vehicle reached the spot on time but surprisingly there was no paramedical staff. When our team enquired, the ambulance driver said he would provide medical assistance to the patient in the absence of trained staff,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic). She added, “We were getting complaints regarding poor service on the Gurgaon expressway, which forced us to conduct an inspection.”

Meanwhile, DGSCL said they will take appropriate action. “As per the national highway guidelines, it is mandatory to have one ambulance at a distance of every 50 kms. DGSCL has deployed four ambulances within a distance of 27 kms and there should be adequate paramedics along with the driver while attending to emergencies. We are inquiring and stern action will be taken.”