COVID-19: SC directs states to fix reasonable rates for ambulance services

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New Delhi (NVI): The Supreme Court today directed the states to fix a reasonable price for ambulance services and expressed its concern over the way ambulance providers charge an excessive amount of money to provide service to COVID-19 patients.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, was hearing a petition seeking appropriate order and/or directions to increase ambulance services to ensure proper service to COVID positive patient cases in the country.

Appearing for the Centre, the bench said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has already issued the SOP in this reegard and all states “will have to implement it”.

The bench said that states are bound by advisory already issued by the Central government that all state governments must ensure that the number of ambulances are sufficient.

It also added that ambulances should be provided in each district to help COVID-19 patients to hospitals.