New Delhi, Dec 13: The Delhi government has proposed to pay for the treatment of accident, acid attack, and fire-related victims if they are rushed to private hospitals within the ‘golden hour’. The ‘golden hour’ is the first hour during which, doctors say, the treatment is most likely to be successful. The proposal, which has been decided on to ensure immediate medical assistance, will now be sent to the Lieutenant Governor for approval.

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“Most of the time, people who help accident victims rush them to the nearest government hospital and not the one that is closest to the accident spot. As a result, (the) precious time within the golden hour is lost,” said Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

He added that around 8,000 accidents happen in Delhi every year. In 2016, 1,600 fatal accidents had happened in the city, says a Delhi Traffic Police report.

About the proposal of the Delhi government to pay for the accident and acid attack victims, an official said that there is no limit on the cost of treatment and the proposal is also not limited to the residents of Delhi. Jain said that “anyone who is in an accident in Delhi and needs immediate, life-saving medical intervention will be covered under this policy. Only the medico-legal case (MLC) needs to be registered in Delhi to avail the benefits.”

The proposal is part of the Good Samaritan Policy, passed by the Delhi government in January 2017. Under this policy, the people, who rush accident victims to the hospitals, will be given a sum of Rs 2000 and a certificate of appreciation.