R322 million set aside to improve ambulance services
The Department of Health has set aside R322, 404 million to restructure Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) to serve rural communities better.
Part of restructuring plans includes establishment of a single emergency call centre and procurement of new ambulances.
Speaking at the Provincial legislature on Tuesday, 2 May 2017, MEC Magome Masike said EMRS assessment has identified communication as a major challenge that affects functioning of EMRS and response to emergency calls.
“We will establish a single central call centre to manage our communication challenge so that ambulances can respond swiftly,” Masike said.
To further boost EMRS services, the department will purchase additional 40 ambulances.
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