Gurgaon: The state authorities on Monday put a cap on ambulance cost in Haryana and directed regional transport officers (RTO) to take punitive action towards the ambulance drivers or service suppliers in the event that they have been discovered charging further from the sufferers and their relations.
The notification, issued by National Health Mission (NHM) Panchkula, states that it has come to the discover of increased authorities that non-public ambulance drivers or companies suppliers are charging exorbitant charges than the one prescribed by the well being division of Haryana from the residents for transporting sufferers inside or exterior the state. “Due to this, additional financial burden is being borne by the residents during this pandemic,” the notification mentioned.
Putting a cap on the worth charged by the ambulances, the NHM talked about Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances will be employed for Rs 15/km and primary life help (BLS) ambulances for Rs 7/km for transporting sufferers. In case of non-compliance of the directions, all RTOs have been directed to cancel the driving licence of ambulance drivers, cancel registration certificates of ambulance, impound the ambulance and impose penalty of minimal Rs 50,000.
“We will take action against the ambulance drivers and service providers if they were found charging more than the prescribed amount,” mentioned RTO Gurgaon Dhaarna Yadav.
With the surge in Covid19 circumstances demand for ambulances elevated and taking benefit of the state of affairs, the drivers and repair suppliers began charging further quantity from sufferers. For distance lower than 5km, folks have been made to pay Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000, an official mentioned.
There are 500 ambulances within the metropolis, together with 35 ambulances operated by MCG, official information exhibits.
“Some drivers are charging extra due to mismatch in demand and supply, but the cost has increased,” mentioned an ambulance driver including that now each ambulance wants an oxygen cylinder, PPE equipment, masks, gloves and sanitiser.