New Delhi: None of the private and public hospitals in the country are following the SC directives on the Good Samaritan law. The SC has given “force of law” to the guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The purpose of a Good Samaritan law is to provide legal protection to bystanders who come to the aid and rescue of victims of road crashes.
More than two years back, the SC had issued directives that a person coming to the aid of road mishap victims should neither be retained nor questioned. But that is not happening, with the result that only 29 per cent of the passers-by take injured victims to hospitals while 28 per cent wait for ambulances. Only 12 per cent inform the police about an accident they witness.
A survey conducted by Save Life Foundation in 11 cities revealed that:
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- 84% do not know about their rights under Good Samaritan Law
- 64% police personnel question Good Samaritans
- 69% hospitals do not have Good Samaritan committees
- 96% doctors say that they seek personal details from the persons who bring road accident victims to hospitals.[/box]
The survey covered 3,600 respondents in 11 cities – Delhi, Jaipur, Kanpur, Varanasi, Ludhiana, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Indore and Kolkata.
Over the past 10 years, 13 lakh persons have lost their life in road mishaps. In 2017, the number of such persons was 1.47 lakh
(Story: Sharad Pande)