New law to approve treatment for injured persons without prior MLO formalities

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The Sindh cabinet on Wednesday approved the conditions of the Sindh Injured Persons Compulsory Medical Treatment Act 2019.

The law bounds hospitals, both private and government, to provide immediate treatment to any injured person without “complying with medico-legal formalities”.

Authorities stressed the need to surface the said law in grievances to Amal Umer’s case, in which a private hospital caused the death of a child’s life for dragging immediate treatment due to medico-legal formalities.

“We have to put a stop to this, we cannot allow anyone to put someone’s life on stake for medico-legal formalities,” Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said in a provincial cabinet meeting today.

Shah added that the Sindh government will also set up a fund for the treatment of injured people.

The law also bars police from interrupting or interfering until the person is deemed out of danger.

Last year, Amal had suffered bullet wounds during an exchange of fire between policemen and robbers during an ‘encounter’ in Karachi.

Amal was taken to the National Medical Centre where she was denied treatment and the family was told to take her either to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre or to Aga Khan University Hospital. Umar passed away due to the delay in treatment.