Pe­ti­tion in HC asks for ap­point­ment of trained paramedics

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Richa Banka

NEWDELHI: A pe­ti­tion filed in the Delhi High Court says 70% of the as­sis­tant am­bu­lance of­fi­cers (AAO) who would be rid­ing the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s re­cently launched mo­tor­cy­cle am­bu­lances are more than 50 years of age and are not trained paramedics, and de­mands the ap­point­ment of qual­i­fied peo­ple as driv­ers.

A bench of chief jus­tice Ra­jen­dra Menon and jus­tice V Kameswar Rao sought the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s and the Cen­tralised Ac­ci­dent and Trauma Ser­vices’ (CATS) stand on the plea by ad­vo­cate Satak­shi Verma, who said the de­ci­sion to launch first re­spond­ing ve­hi­cles lacks re­search and data.

The plea, filed through ad­vo­cate Kam­lesh Ku­mar, quoted an RTI re­ply that re­port­edly said the AAOS, who would be rid­ing the bikes have no req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tion to be paramedics.

The pe­ti­tioner said the de­ci­sion to ap­point AAOS as driv­ers is be­ing ques­tioned by its own em­ploy­ees on the grounds that the gov­ern­ment had not re­cruited spe­cial cadre to man the scheme. It said they were re­ly­ing on the ex­ist­ing AAOS, 70% of whom are above 50 years of age.

Head of CATS, LR Garg, said the per­son­nel were all trained. “All the per­son­nel rid­ing the bike am­bu­lances have been given a nine-month in-house train­ing, cov­er­ing all ba­sic firstaid tech­niques, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing CPR and oxy­gen ther­apy. They re­ceived train­ing in rid­ing bikes and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with pa­tients and rel­a­tives. Their role is the same as what they were do­ing in nor­mal am­bu­lances. The bike am­bu­lances have been de­signed to pro­vide care on site in con­gested ar­eas where am­bu­lances will take longer to reach. They do not have to trans­port the pa­tients, so age should not be an is­sue,” said Garg.

The pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) said be­cause of the size and per­for­mance, a mo­tor­cy­cle am­bu­lance is able to re­spond to a med­i­cal emer­gency much faster but trained per­son­nel are re­quired to meet such as sit­u­a­tion.

“In case of med­i­cal emer­gency; ef­fi­cient, en­er­getic and trained per­son­nel are re­quired to re­spond to the sit­u­a­tion. It is sub­mit­ted that com­pli­ca­tions may oc­cur in emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and cases of se­vere trauma or in­ter­nal bleed­ing may re­quire sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion,” the plea read.

The pe­ti­tion stated the ex­ist­ing CATS am­bu­lances are un­able to cater to the ris­ing re­quire­ment of such fa­cil­i­ties in an over­crowded city like Delhi.

It said the FRV scheme did not match in­ter­na­tional pa­ram­e­ters and would not meet re­quire­ments if it is launched with­out proper man­power/spe­cial cadre to run the scheme. The mat­ter will be heard on May 2.

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