Navi Mumbai: Complaint against ambulance operator for overcharging Covid patient | Navi Mumbai News – Times of India

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NAVI MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Company is wanting right into a delicate matter of overcharging by an ambulance operator transporting a Covid affected person.
Activists had just lately introduced it to the discover of the civic physique {that a} explicit ambulance had charged Rs 13,000 to ferry a affected person for a brief distance of round 6km. Whereas the civic officers stated that after they get a response from the corporate, they are going to take motion, activists have additionally urged that there ought to be a fee card for ambulance companies in order that the individuals are not fleeced.
Tejas Patil, a city-based activist, had just lately tagged the police and NMMC on Twitter on the subject of an ambulance charging Rs 13,000 for taking a affected person from Ghansoli to Vashi in Navi Mumbai. His on-line criticism has been duly acknowledged by the NMMC.
Speaking to TOI, extra municipal commissioner, Sujata Dhole, stated: “Within the on-line criticism, the ambulance firm’s title talked about is Life Star, which is a pan-India firm. We’re contacting its representatives to seek out out why they charged Rs 13,000 for this brief distance. After getting their response, we’ll provoke motion.”
Dhole additional added that up to now they’ve 10 complaints about numerous hospitals overcharging sufferers, however that is the primary case of an ambulance overcharging.
RTI activist Anarjit Chauhan commented: “At current, there isn’t a correct fee card for ambulance companies. This is applicable to not simply the distances lined, but in addition numerous varieties of ambulances used. Therefore, among the unscrupulous operators are simply capable of overcharge the kin of sufferers as they’re already tense and nervous in regards to the scenario they’re in. NMMC and the police should rapidly take motion on any such complaints acquired.”
A Nerul-based ambulance operator and proprietor stated on the situation of anonymity: “An air-conditioned ambulance with emergency cardio support facility shouldn’t price greater than Rs 4,000 to cowl a distance of round 6 km. Therefore, the civic physique should actually take stern motion on this explicit case.”

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