Shoura members present draft Medical Evacuation Law


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RIYADH — Some members of the Saudi Shoura Council have introduced to the council the draft Medical Evacuation Regulation. The draft regulation, proposed by the Shoura members Atta Al-Sabti, Dr. Latifa Al-Shaalan, Assaf Abu Thanin, and Ayyub Al-Jarbou incorporates a number of provisions geared toward enhancing the standard and customary of the medical evacuation sector and make it enticing to traders.

Based on the provisions of the regulation, even a 15 minute delay within the scheduled timing in medical evacuation will likely be deemed as a critical violation, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learnt from nicely knowledgeable sources. The draft regulation set to serve quite a few goals reminiscent of creating the standard of medical evacuation sector and reaching customary operation aligning with high quality benchmarks, creating nationwide expertise and competencies, creating the suitable local weather for truthful and efficient competitors, stimulating the medical evacuation market, offering a horny setting for funding on this sector, and attracting worldwide corporations. Among the many targets are additionally to make use of trendy know-how in finishing up medical evacuation missions.

The draft regulation applies to all medical evacuation operations inside and out of doors the Kingdom with out prejudice to the sovereignty of nations over their territorial borders. Medical evacuation companies will cowl each residents and expatriates alike. Medical evacuation plane and their working crews have the authority to take off and land and use all airports within the Kingdom on a everlasting foundation and in accordance with particular procedures.

Based on the provisions of the regulation, a license to observe aeromedical evacuation shall be obtained from the Basic Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The service supplier could not switch or assign his license to a different individual or switch possession of the licensed facility, whether or not by sale, mortgage, or another method, besides after acquiring approval from the competent authority. The service supplier could not impose charges or remuneration aside from that have been accredited by the authority accountable for medical evacuation companies. With out prejudice to the Competitors Regulation or different rules, the service supplier should get hold of the approval of GACA or another related authorities businesses earlier than endeavor participation or any acquisition or merger that results in making the service supplier dominant throughout the Saudi market.

The regulation stipulates necessary subscription in cooperative insurance coverage towards skilled and medical dangers for all well being practitioners concerned in medical evacuation. Medical insurance coverage insurance policies embody nominal charges for medical evacuation inside and out of doors the Kingdom, and the competent authority should maintain tempo with trendy technical developments in digital transformation, and create a complete digital platform that connects with the related authorities digital platforms as a contemporary technique of managing its work.

It’s prohibited to make use of any technique of medical evacuation except it complies with the required specs and is supplied with a monitoring system. Officers working within the locations to be inspected, no matter their location, should allow the inspectors to carry out their work and supply all amenities and data and the required paperwork. Within the meantime, inspectors should present their employment playing cards throughout the time of inspection.

The next acts will likely be thought of as violation of the draft regulation: Contain in tampering with any of the property, means, gadgets, gear, instruments, or automobiles utilized in medical evacuation or destroying them; utilizing or promoting any of the property, or sale or buy or import or possess with out acquiring licenses from the related authorities, aside from disclosing knowledge about medical evacuation and utilizing it for functions aside from what it was meant for.

A violation that ends in demise is taken into account as a critical violation. Related is the case with inflicting critical harm, poor service, or offering false and incorrect data that impacts the effectivity of the evacuation. A request for a life-saving evacuation for a case that doesn’t require it or rejection for finishing up medical evacuation of a case that was accepted beforehand, giving incorrect medical details about the situation of the affected person to be transferred from the hospital, and the late arrival of air ambulance for greater than quarter-hour from the time of the aircraft’s arrival and touchdown are among the many violations.

The draft regulation additionally stipulated that the service supplier will not be accountable for failure or negligence within the efficiency of the entities benefiting from the service. The entity from or to which the sick, injured, or different individual is transferred shall bear duty for any harm that happens on account of non-compliance with the provisions of the regulation. Anybody who violates the provisions of the regulation, regulation, license or registration will likely be served with a warning or slapped with superb. They may even be prevented from renewing the license for a interval not exceeding three years, aside from suspension of registration or prevention from renewing it for a interval not exceeding three years, stopping the service in query and canceling the registration.

The service supplier would subject an inside regulation that features a schedule of violations and penalties. These embody wage cuts, designating extra shifts, stopping qualification programs, momentary suspension from flying, suspension for a full course, suspension from work, directing the pilot to be demoted or transferred to a different aircraft, recommending that the pilot’s contract be transferred from pilot to co-pilot and recommending dismissal.


There are additionally provisions within the regulation for the punitive measures to be taken towards the air ambulance crew within the occasion of committing any violations. The violations embody reporting late by quarter-hour or much less of the flight time; canceling flights for incorrect technical or medical causes; mistreatment of different crew members or any of the employees in any facility; coming late for the flight attendance by greater than quarter-hour; failure in finishing the executive procedures for which he’s accountable earlier than or after the flight; shedding or forgetting any of his important paperwork to finish the journey; and disobeying to bear checks for alcohol or medication or present a constructive check consequence. The violations additionally embody negligence in performing duties and duties inflicting materials harm, or an impression on the efficiency of the journey, delaying the switch of sufferers or canceling the journey, failure to report or masking up operational, medical, or administrative errors that will have an effect on workers, operations, and affected person security.

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