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Helen Tan leads approval of bill institutionalizing emergency medical services system

Mar 8, 2020 @ 15:58

The House Committee on Health chaired by Quezon Rep. Helen Tan has approved last week a substitute bill institutionalising an emergency medical services system (EMSS).

The bill seeks to provide an effective, coordinated, and timely delivery of health and safety services to victims of sudden injury or illness in the pre-hospital setting.

Data cited at the 2013 Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine showed the Philippines only has 3,300 recognized EMSS personnel.

One of the bills filed for institutionalizing EMSS, House Bill 5788 filed by Las Pinas City Rep. Camille Villar, bats for the establishment of policy framework for providing emergency medicine in every local government unit.

Under the proposed Act, local government units shall create their own Dispatch Centers with adequate and qualified personnel. The Dispatch Centers shall follow the prescribed guidelines on dispatch protocol.

The bill also mandates the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to develop a working system for a national emergency number, such as the 911 emergency hotline rolled out under the Duterte administration.

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