Ambulance drivers suspended after pregnant woman falls out, baby dies

2014-09-18 14:19

Two ambulance drivers were suspended after a woman in labour fell out of their moving vehicle in Ntabankulu, near Mt Frere in the Eastern Cape.

“The patient sustained injuries and delivered a lifeless baby,” provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said today.

“We have suspended the two ambulance drivers for putting the lives of patients at risk and flouting protocol.”

The two crew members left the patient unattended in the back of the ambulance and they sat in the front.

“The rear door of the ambulance opened, resulting in the patient falling off and they did not even see that occurrence. They only realised when they got to hospital that the patient was missing.”

A motorist picked up the woman and rushed her to hospital.

“We are taking appropriate action against the two officials. They acted negligently by leaving the patient unattended, hence the suspension.”

Kupelo said the provincial government would put tracking systems in ambulances to minimise the risk of abuse of vehicles and to monitor services.

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