Parking banned on premises after quarrel between drivers

A strict ban has been imposed for parking private ambulances on the premises of the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College Hospital (MCH).

The direction was issued by the hospital superintendent M.S. Sharmad on Monday in the wake of an altercation between ambulance drivers that took place the previous night.

In an official statement, Dr. Sharmad said the parking of private ambulances round-the-clock in front of the casualty had been inconveniencing a large number of patients and those accompanying them. Private ambulances that transported patients to the hospitals must from now exit the compound at the earliest.

Under no circumstances would such vehicles be permitted to be parked in front of the casualty or any other place within the hospital premises. The scuffle that had unfolded by around 10 p.m. on Sunday is suspected to have broken out over the issue of parking.

The drivers of either vehicles had to be forcibly removed by police officials, who rushed to the spot.

According to the Medical College police, Akhilesh, 22, of Kariyam, the driver of one of the ambulance, submitted a complaint alleging that he had been manhandled by a gang of nine people, including the drivers of another ambulance. He was allegedly assaulted using wooden logs. The police registered a case in connection with the incident.

An unhealthy competition that existed among private ambulances in the area had demanded the intervention of the police on multiple occasions in the past. Some years ago, the police had designated a certain portion of land near the SAT Hospital for parking private ambulances. – The Hindu 

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