news Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 05:30
Following a Supreme Court order, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued some key guidelines to protect good Samaritans, bystanders or eyewitnesses to any road accidents. The guidelines will be binding on all agencies including police, government departments and even private hospitals,聽The Times of India聽reports. The newspaper also reported that a survey conducted by Save Life Foundation revealed how a majority of bystanders don鈥檛 help victims fearing legal hassle and hospitals demanding admission charge from them. These new norms state the rights available to an eyewitness or bystander. Revealing personal information is voluntary and he/she cannot be compelled by the police. The guidelines are mentioned below: 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The good Samaritan does not serve as a civil or criminal liability. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The witness or bystander will not be compelled to reveal his/her name or other details by the police. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The government will not be allowed to initiate any disciplinary or departmental action. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The eyewitness or good Samaritan may choose to volunteer for a single-time examination. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The state government must come out with a standard operating procedure for examination in 30 days. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The bystander need not be summoned to courts; provision for videoconferencing can be made. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Guidelines will be issued by the health ministry to hospitals to not detain the eyewitness. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Action will be taken under 鈥榩rofessional misconduct鈥 if hospitals fail to provide medical help. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 A charter must be published by the hospital in English, Hindi and vernacular language. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 An acknowledgement of a good Samaritan bringing a victim for emergency care must be provided by the hospital. 鈥婻ead more at:聽Guidelines to encourage good Samaritans on the roads soon 聽
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