Patients in Sindh Will Now Be Treated on Priority Bases Without Complying With Medico-Legal Formalities
The Sindh provincial cabinet has approved a landmark decision which now allows a patient to be treated on priority bases without having to go through the traditional medico-legal formalities.
The newly approved rules of the Sindh Injured Persons Compulsory Medical Treatment (Amal Umer) Act 2019 has also made it compulsory for both private and government hospitals to provide treatment to the patient without asking for paying his medical bills first. In the past hospitals used to ask for payment of hospital bill before starting medical treatment.
Such policies of the hospitals have resulted in numerous deaths due to delay in providing medical treatment to the patients.
The new law also bars the police from interfering or interruption while the medical treatment is going on. Moreover, doctors will no longer need the consent of the relatives’ of the patient while providing compulsory treatment. This will help in providing treatment on time.
Unfortunately, it took the life of little Amal Umer for the law to be introduced. The delay in providing treatment to Amal Umer resulted in her death. Amal Umer was denied treatment by the National Medical Centre and told her to be taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre or to Aga Khan University Hospital.
Amal got hit by a bullet during exchange of firing between police and robbers in Karachi last year.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah About The Landmark Decision
“A private hospital wasted 40 minutes of a child’s life due to medico-legal formalities,”Murad Ali Shah Stated during the provincial cabinet meeting.
We have to put a stop to this, we cannot allow anyone to [jeopardise] someone’s life for medico-legal formalities,” He further added.