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care system ok’d

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that aims to institutionalize the pre-hospital emergency medical care system in the country, a press release from Congress said.

House Bill 5928 seeks the creation of the National Pre-hospital Care Council, which will develop and institutionalize a pre-hospital emergency medical service system at the national and local levels.

Pre-hospital emergency care, as defined under the bill, include independent delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical services by appropriately trained and certified Emergency Medical Technicians, usually in a mobile or community setting.

The NPCC is aimed to establish a national standard for the provision of pre-hospital emergency services by duly certified/registered pre-hospital care professionals, the press release said.

It is also envisioned to supervise, control and regulate the practice of pre-hospital care professionals as well as to provide program standardization for the training of pre-hospital care professionals, it added.

The NPCC is also responsible to prescribe certification, registration and re-certification requirements of pre-hospital care professionals and to establish standards for design, manufacture, accreditation and regulation of emergency medical vehicles.

The bill provides for the creation of plantilla positions in government hospitals/health facilities for emergency medical technicians with five EMTs and at least one ambulance assistant in level three and four hospitals and three EMTs and at least one ambulance assistant in level one and two hospitals.

It also mandates that there shall be one national emergency number to enable the public to access emergency medical services and as such, directs the National Telecommunications Commission to develop a program for the adoption of a national emergency number, the press release said.

Acts that are prohibited under the bill include making a telephone call to an emergency telephone number with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person who answers the telephone and giving a false report of a medical emergency or gives false information in connection with a medical emergency, among others, it added.*

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