Statement by MEC Gwen Ramokgopa on health and emergency medical services state of readiness for the festive season
Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for coming to this media briefing. Today, we are here to give an update on our state of readiness for the festive season and December holidays, a time people use to rest and spend with family.
We would like to announce that clinics, hospitals and emergency services will be operational during this period and that management, professional and support staff will be available to provide the health services should the need arise.
Procurement was done in two phases, Phase one: 164 new ambulances, 10 Planned Patient Transporters and 4 Physically Challenged Specialized Units (PSCU).Phase two: 64 new ambulances and 20 PRV’s to be complete by end quarter 4, 2016/2017. This brings a total number of operational ambulances to 862 in Province. All vehicles are added to the Gauteng Health Service platform and to bring the total fleet of 1268 vehicles that will ensure we improve quality, access and response time to our services.
This year 2016/2017, the Emergency Medical Services total budget increased by 6 per cent from R1.1 billion in 2016/17 to R1.2 billion in 2017/18 and today we confirm the purchase of the 164 ambulances.
Source: Government of South Africa