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Mediclinic News : SPOTLIGHT ON NHI: COULD NHI FIX EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES?

Title

SPOTLIGHT ON NHI: COULD NHI FIX EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES?

Date

2019-09-18

Link

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/09/18/spotlight-on-nhi-could-nhi-fix-emergency-medical-services/

News Description

SPOTLIGHT Mothers give birth in the back of bakkies and children die because ambulances arrive late if at all. This is the current reality for many people trying to access emergency medical services in South Africa. Underlying this reality are deeply entrenched structural and capacity problems. Currently most provinces simply do not have enough ambulances. Ambulances often languish for months in depots awaiting repairs. In addition, there are insufficient numbers of intermediate life support and advanced life support paramedics in South Africa, meaning that ambulances, when they do arrive, often merely act as patient transport vehicles. All this is made worse by limited planning, coordination and management capacity in many provincial departments of health.
Created at 2019/09/20 01:08 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/09/20 01:08 PM by Mediclinic