Plans afoot to regulate ambulance service

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 19, 2017-

In a bid to regulate ambulance service in the country, the government has drafted National Ambulance Policy that classifies ambulances based on its service capacity and colour codes for distinction.

The Ambulance Guidelines-2016, drafted by the Ministry of Health, is currently under review at the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Ambulance Guidelines-2016 classifies ambulances under A, B and C category based on their services. 

Category A ambulances are state-of-the-art ambulances that have major life-support equipment and a medical professional to handle the patient. 

Only a few ambulances operating in the Valley have such facility. Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre and some private hospitals including Norvic International Hospital operated such state-of-the-art ambulances. The Category A ambulances are red in colour. 

Category B ambulances also advanced ambulances with emergency medical services and necessary manpower. They have to be yellow in colour. The green-coloured ambulances can be operated by NGOs and other charity organisations. 

“Also, the rates will be fixed for ambulances operating in the various parts of the country,” said Bhogendra Dotel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. “A district ambulance coordination committee will be formed under the leadership of chief district officer where ambulances will be registered and monitored.”

They should compulsorily submit their trimester reports to the committee or else their operating licence will be annulled.

Similarly, the ambulances registered for a certain destination will have to be in the same place and cannot switch their location. 

“If an ambulance, for instance, is registered for Hattiban area of Lalitpur, it should always return to Hattiban after dropping patients to hospitals. It cannot stay in Kathmandu or other destination.”

Though the MoH has laid down some rules for ambulation operation, implementation has not been effective.

Published: 19-02-2017 08:04

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