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Ambulance services for COVID-19 patients must be reasonably priced: SC directs states

Expressing concern over ambulance providers demanding excessive charge for giving service to COVID-19 patients, the Supreme Court on Friday directed states to fix a reasonable price for ambulance services.

Hearing a petition seeking appropriate order or directions to increase the number of ambulance services for COVID-19 patients, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the states must ensure that the number of ambulances is sufficient.

The bench said that states are bound by advisory already issued by the Central government to ensure this during this pandemic time, all State governments must ensure that there are enough ambulances available for coronavirus patients.

It said that ambulances should be provided in each district to help COVID patients to hospitals.

Earlier this week, the apex court had refused to issue nationwide guidelines for adequate ex-gratia monetary compensation to families of those who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India.