Bombay High Court directs Western Railway to address medical emergencies swiftly


Bombay High Court directs Western Railway to address medical emergencies swiftly

A division bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Western Railway to check facts and take appropriate action on the merits of cases of medical emergency. Earlier, the High Court vide order dated October 27, 2015, citing a Mumbai Mirror article, stated that it shall be the duty of the railway authority to provide proper medical treatment in a nearby private hospital in every case of medical emergency.

However, despite the order, WR signed an agreement with a private hospital in Virar which states that only those injured in railway premises will be treated under the agreement. According to the petitioner Samir Zaveri, the High Court’s order of 2015 was being violated by that agreement.

Earlier, Bombay High Court, in an order dated July 19, 2006 stated that the railway authority is bound to provide emergency medical treatment to injured at nearest private hospital if a government hospital is not within 5 km from the railway station.  Read more

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