In view of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann's flagship 'Firishte Scheme', under which road accident victims will be treated free of charge, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Balbir Singh on Monday directed all private hospitals to register for this people-friendly scheme. said so that the precious lives of the victims of road accidents can be saved.
He said, “We want to use the 'Golden Hour' as much as possible to save the precious lives of the road accident victims and the Punjab government should provide assistance to all the road accident victims without discrimination of nationality, caste or socio-economic status. Free treatment will be ensured in nearby hospitals including private hospitals.
It is worth noting that the 'golden hour' is the first critical hour after a road accident, during which if a seriously injured person receives proper care, his or her chances of survival are greatly increased.
Dr. Balbir Singh also urged hospitals across the state, especially those providing tertiary and secondary care, to join the scheme to save precious lives, stressing the need for support from private healthcare institutions. He said that the listed hospitals will be compensated as per the HBP 2.2 package rates defined by the National Health Authority. The state health agency has identified 52 packages for the treatment of road accident victims.
It may be mentioned that Indian Medical Association (IMA) Punjab has already supported this noble work by becoming a part of this scheme. The Health Minister invited other hospitals to come forward and get registered under this scheme. Advised them to contact their respective district civil surgeons for any queries regarding registration.
Balbir Singh said, “So far 384 hospitals in the state have been registered under the Ferishte scheme, out of which 146 are government hospitals and 238 are private hospitals.
Giving more information about the upcoming Prime Angel scheme, the Health Minister said that the person who takes the road accident victim to the hospital for treatment will be awarded Rs.2000. He said that no inquiry will be conducted by the police until the person who brought the road accident victim to the hospital expresses his desire to be an eye witness.
Notably, this scheme is in line with the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court issued in various cases, urging the public to bring accident victims to the nearest government or listed private hospitals.