Duo does shopping with ambulance

2010-12-18 17:17

Johannesburg - Two ambulance drivers were suspended for allegedly using their work vehicle for personal travel purposes, the Eastern Cape department of health said on Saturday.

The men apparently used an ambulance to do their shopping in Kwazulu-Natal on Monday, department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo told Sapa.

He said they were immediately suspended and would face an internal disciplinary hearing in January, which could lead to their dismissal.

"This is not the first time we have heard of allegations of ambulance abuse...We suspended another driver in Mthatha," Kupelo said.

"The department will act decisively with those accused of misconduct."

  • paintballboy - 2010-12-18 17:46

    sorry to say, but as a MEDIC, not a ambulance driver, i find this ridiculous, we are allowed to go and get something to eat, or go to the bank whilst on duty, we always remain available to service calls, after all, we are not prisoners, and we can not be expected to sit at base the whole day like caged animals!!!.im not sure of the exact type of "shopping" in this instance, but i find it pathetic that these guys are being dismissed for something so petty!!!

      Inky - 2010-12-18 17:55

      They went from the Eastern Cape to KZN for shopping. Not just around the corner. What if someone you knew needed an ambulance urgently and it took an hour to arrive instead of 15 minutes? Even office workers in non-critical work do their personal banking and shopping in their own time. Disgusting work ethic. Fire them!

      Worldwise - 2010-12-18 17:58

      Office workers, bank staff, construction workers etc. etc. are all expected to sit at base all day. Only time out are breaks. What makes you so special just because your workplace is a vehicle?

      Perfume - 2010-12-19 10:21

      They need to be fired not suspended, they are PUBLIC SERVANTS, no wonder there are no ambulance available when needed, it is because the drivers are using the vehicles to do shopping...@paintballboy, what rubbish are you talking, there are lunch breaks for such things. Their dismissal is not petty at all!!!!!!!!!!

      Max - 2010-12-20 09:01

      They can use their own cars to buy their food during lunch time. We are tired of seeing ambulances, police vans and other govt vehicles at the shopping mall, their drivers busy shopping. Buying food at take away outlet is different from shopping. SAPS must stop transporting their children to school, as well.

  • Treborani - 2010-12-18 17:48

    Eish, when will they ever learn ?

  • Michelle - 2010-12-18 17:49

    Same should be done to the cops doing their monthly grocery shopping, police car parked outside the mall and then the reason for bad response is they don't have enough vehicles. These ambulance idiots should be charged if someone lost their life while they were otherwise occupied! Blatant disregard because it is so hard to get fired and if you suspended you sit on your lazy backside at home and still get paid for it.

      So What? - 2010-12-18 19:42

      Michelle, agree 100%. And you must see where they come from. One can check by the name of the station on the side of the vehicle. The days of a police vehicle for official duties only is long gone - one sees them used as taxis, carting material, But then it is the same with KZN vehicles, those yellow ones which have been expemted from all road rules by the way they drive. About ambulances - see them regularly going from Durban north with passenegers which are loaded off, one incidence by the crocodile farm they pulled off in the middle island of the freeway. And then they consider it their right to do so. Why can't they make their own food and take to work, like in the old days. I see paintballboy seems to think it is ok to go shopping for food. No problem if it is on your route, and it is a quick in and out. But see them many times at KFC - big favourite, standing in long lines waiting to be served with no-one in the vehicle. Don't see mobile radios with them either. But then this is the new SA.

  • Worldwise - 2010-12-18 18:01

    Their shopping probably included loading the supermarket packets into the ambulance and taking them home. A definite indicator of the Eastern Cape work ethic where people want jobs, not careers.

      cervezab - 2010-12-19 12:47

      to add to your remark, they want jobs, not work

      Worldwise - 2010-12-19 18:03


  • briansmith702 - 2010-12-18 18:33

    Worldwise you have got it wrong-they want pay for no work just like all the rest:teachers, army, civil servants and Cosatu members.

  • jo stalin - 2010-12-18 19:17

    Paul Gloy was ere... and I love men

  • Macho Mike - 2010-12-18 19:19

    Eish, what's all the fuss about? This is becoming the norm in the new modern SA - bribery, corruption, fraud, dishonesty, theft,abuse etc etc. It's one thing poping down the road, but goin from the Eastern Cape to KZN is eish,a long way. Maybe da shopping needed some intensive care, or some first aid! Unbelievable - fire them and charge them for vehicle hire and fuel.

  • corro51 - 2010-12-18 19:26

    Why doesn't the guvment(sic) put satellite tracking in their emergency vehicles. Probably the tip of a rather large iceberg.

      So What? - 2010-12-18 19:45

      At one stage they wanted to, but the cost was too high, or so they said. They just do not realise how many millions, if not more they would save if it was done. Some trackers have the ability if a vehicle is not where it is supposed to be to immobilise it so it cannot travel any further until an investigator can get to the scene.

      Barrack - 2010-12-18 19:50

      yah ne

      Zion - 2010-12-19 10:46

      corro51 not a bad idea at all. Companies like RCS have these things installed and they work beautifully. It monitors the speed o the driver an if it is above a limit a message will automatically be sent to the managers computer. The boss knows exactly where any person is to the meter. If the vehicle is parked too long at the drivers residence the boss will know by the GPS co-ordinates. The system is not displayed in an obvious manner in the vehicle and is tamper-proof. In fact the driver is not aware of it. A boon for detecting vehicle theft. If the gavament can spend 29million on a failed youth conference then surely it can afford to it in ambulances.

  • foxie911 - 2010-12-19 00:34

    many years ago I did ambulance work, and in those days we were accountable for every trip and the control room kept record of our every move. Yet we were allowed to stop over to buy something to eat during our 12-hour shifts, and even draw money at an ATM, as long as we notified the control room of our actions. As paintballboy says, we always remained available to service calls, and on occasion we even had to work overtime if there were serious cases to be attended to... Nah - nowadays these ambulance crew members have it far too easy - no discipline any more...

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