North West to spend millions on ambulances

2014-03-21 22:33

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Johannesburg - The North West provincial government is set to spend millions of rands on improving ambulance response times and new ambulances, Premier Thandi Modise's office said on Friday.

"Premier Thandi Modise said the new model to provide basic transport for patients from clinics to community health centres and hospitals would free up ambulances to concentrate on only responding to emergency calls," spokesman Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

The province would spend R84.25m on emergency medical rescue services (EMRS).

"Modise said the model was adopted after a realisation that majority of cases done by EMRS are not emergency cases but patients requiring transport," he said.

"Seventy percent of patients that do not have an emergency condition are utilising the services of ambulances to reach hospitals as they have no access to a co-ordinated public transport system."

This was an added burden upon the already over stretched EMRS system.

The province would buy 30 new vehicles, employ 120 drivers and 200 emergency care officers to be stationed at the satellite sub-district stations to support the planned patient transport system on a 24-hour basis.

"Twenty five additional ambulances [also] are to be purchased at a cost of R18.75m to support EMRS satellite stations to be established in the districts," said Kgwele.

- SAPA
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