29 January 2013
Yesterday, 28 January, Dr Usha Roopnarain IFP
KZN MPL and Shadow MEC for Health together with Mr Alfred
Mpotshane IFP MP, did a site inspection of the EMRS premises in
“We were totally appalled by the working
conditions; the building is dilapidated, with green walls and
crumbling infrastructure. Even more disturbing is that the
incubator is kept in the same room where paramedics ate their
lunch, and we were told at times, three babies had to fit into
one incubator! While another incubator had a sign which said "out of order.” This incubator has not been repaired and has been
in the dining area for months,” said Hon. Dr Usha
Roopnarain, Shadow MEC for Health.
Last week the IFP received reports from the
EMRS personnel about their appalling working conditions. The new
headquarters was supposed to be complete last October, yet this
is another delayed project from the KZN Department of Health.
“We believe that patient care is being
compromised, and we call on the MEC to investigate this and tell
us when the handover date of the new headquarters is expected,”
said Dr Roopnarain.
The IFP will be submitting parliamentary
questions to the MEC to ascertain the following:
1. What are the costs involved?
2. How many ambulances have been parked off?
3. How many ambulances are not licensed?
4. How many ambulances do not have Electro
5. Are obstetric ambulances used for other
purposes etc, advertising?
6. How many EMRS personnel were
fired, suspended or resigned last year?
“Clearly, EMRS is a strained services, with
many people relying on emergency transport to save their lives,
we cannot have a situation where their conditions of service are
worsening,” said Dr Roopnarain.
CONTACT: HON. DR. USHA ROOPNARAIN- 082 9231038
NB: Pictures are available on request.