The Problem: Ambulances trying to rush critical patients to hospital, but instead getting stuck in traffic
Bollywood runs in the blood of the average Indian, and yet we fail to spot a brilliant idea when we see one in one of the biggest grossing Hindi movie of all times.
The movie sees a tense and blood-soaked Rancho riding a scooter in front of the ambulance that is rushing his friend to the hospital. He plays a critical role, asking vehicles to clear the path for the ambulance to go through. Check out the first 30 seconds of the video below.
While the entire country loved the movie, it’s surprising why a solution as simple as this has yet not been implemented in our congested cities and towns?
The Idea: Motorcycle riders who accompanies ambulances in congested cities and towns that are dispatched for an emergency. The rider clears the way so the ambulance can quickly pick up the patient and rush them to hospital. The rider could also notify traffic police at signal lights to synchronize light changes and moderate traffic to allow for quick passage of the ambulance.
The Cost: The initial fixed cost is the price a bike per ambulance. A Hero or Yamaha motorcycle costs less than Rs. 40,000 in a metro. Recurring costs include fuel, maintenance and salary of the rider, all-in-all working out to about Rs.12000 per month at the best, again, even in a metro.
The recurring costs could be borne by the hospital, divided among doctors/ surgeons at respective hospitals, or distributed over time and patients using the service, or even covered by donations.
The cheapest solution to this, of course, is the traffic police being sensitive to the situation and acting quickly enough, like the outstanding job they do handling traffic when a minister’s convoy is crossing. Patients obviously should be a much greater priority.
So, until helicopter ambulances become commonplace and affordable, let’s hope cops and hospitals can do their bit to address this critical matter at the earliest.
Do you have any cheaper and/ or effective solutions that could solve this problem in crowded cities? We’d love to have your views on it.