Center launches scheme to curb mortality rate in road accidents

New Delhi: With a view to bringing down death count due to road accidents, the government is implementing a scheme namely ‘Assistance for Capacity Building for Developing Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals on National Highways’.

Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to states and union territories (UTs) for upgrading and strengthening trauma care facilities in identified government hospitals and medical colleges.

Health is a State subject. It is the responsibility of the state to issue such orders/instructions to the healthcare facilities in their respective states and union Territories.

However, with the view to reduce mortality rate due to road traffic injuries, the central government issued ‘Guidelines for protection of Good Samaritans’ to all states and union territories wherein it is mentioned that the lack of response by a doctor in an emergency situation pertaining to road accidents, where he is expected to provide care, shall constitute “professional misconduct” under Chapter 7 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulation, 2002 and disciplinary action shall be taken against such doctors under Chapter 8 of the said Regulations.

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