‘Police, doctors should cut red tape during emergencies’

City Police Commissioner B.G. Jyothi Prakash Mirji on Wednesday called upon the police and medical fraternity to set aside rules and procedures and provide immediate medical aid to road traffic accident victims.

Speaking at the inauguration of Sparsh Hospital’s Advanced Trauma Centre on Infantry Road in the city, Mr. Mirji said it is unfortunate that precious time (golden hour) is wasted in filling up forms and following rules and procedures after the victim is brought to the hospital for treatment.

“Although most hospitals attend to RTA victims on priority, several lives are lost because they (victims) do not get timely treatment. I also call upon the members of society, whoever witnesses a road accident, to ensure that the victim is taken to hospital as early as possible,” the police chief said.

Helpline number

Sparsh Hospitals chairperson Sharan Patil said the 75-bed Advanced Trauma Centre would attend to emergencies round the clock. A team of 30 specialists will take care to provide comprehensive treatment to patients.

People can call the hospital helpline 9008475000 during emergencies, he said.

Dr. Patil said the hospitals would also coordinate with the State government’s 108 Arogya Kavacha for trauma care.

The former captain of Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid and Inspector-General of Police (State Intelligence) B. Gopal Hosur spoke.

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