Durban – Stringent regulations would soon be in place to control the private ambulance services industry, and recommendations have already been accepted by the National Health Council.
Some of the recommendations include:
– all private emergency rescue vehicles to be painted in one colour;
– one contact number for all private ambulance services;
– the nearest ambulance responds to the scene; and
– no provincial demarcations for the different private ambulance services.
This is likely to receive resistance from the operators, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said this week.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Motsoaledi said the department was looking at getting rid of untrained operators who had been contributing to the number of patient injury complications as a result of reckless handling of accident victims.
He said some ambulance companies employed unethical practices when arriving at accident scenes.