The Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra Government to ensure that all hospitals, public as well as private to provide treatment to all accident victims and do not turn them away.
After the court was informed that a railway accident victim had died, as she did not get medical treatment for over nine hours. A division bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and A.R. Joshi asked the Maharashtra Government to pass the direction to all the hospitals.
The Bombay High Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Samir Zaveri seeking medical facilities at railway stations so that victims can be provided first aid in the 'Golden Hour' (within one hour of the accident).
The victim was rushed to a nearby private hospital, which refused to treat her saying they don't treat accident victims. She was then taken to a government hospital and then a central government hospital which did not have facilities to treat her. Later she was taken to Sion and KEM Hospital which did not have a vacant bed. All this shifting to different hospitals took nine hours and victim succumbed to her injuries.
The Bombay High Court observed that it was wrong that the victim did not get medical treatment on time, due to which she lost her life. The bench asked the government to instruct all hospitals to admit and provide treatment to any accident victim.