Proposal To Outsource Ambulance Services. Gross Abdication Of Responsibility.
“Our problems are basically lack of trained personnel accompanying the ambulance, the attitude of drivers and poor maintenance of the ambulances. So it is better to rent the ambulances or outsource the service to the private sector based on the number of ambulances they can offer. We will only accept their offer if the rates are appropriate and do not burden the Government."
"In many countries, ambulance services are outsourced and operated separately from the hospital setting,” he said.
**** I say, my dear friend Chua Soi Lek, have you taken leave of your senses? Are you trying to use the excuse of outsourcing services of ambulances in other countries and trying to justify palming it off to the private sector here? Haven't you seen the havoc even so-called reputed private security service companies have caused, by hiring thugs, ex-cons, mental patients and other misfits? Do you think that privatised ambulance services would be any better? And you even want to bargain and demand lower rates from them! You'll get what you deserve Soi Lek.
Where in heaven's name are these private companies going to get their disciplined drivers from, since you don't place much faith in your own ministry's lot? They will source them from lorry, bus, ex-minibus and van drivers and anybody else who can show some proof that they have driven something remotely looking like an ambulance. Profit will be the overriding criteria and the public will as usual suffer, the way they have been from every privatisation project from Dr Mahathir's days. This time they may pay with their lives as well, if the drivers also have a drinking or dadah problem apart from a great difficulty understanding traffic rules and regulations.
If the Health Ministry now has a lack of trained personnel accompanying the ambulance, where the devil are the private companies going to get the required staff from? Just fobbing off the problem and hoping the contracted companies can somehow manage, will be the heights of irresponsible behaviour. Just the same way that you have brought some order to private hospitals, patiently and systematically tackle the problems of ambulance personnel and drivers in-house and stop this silly idea of outsourcing. You're not a bank but a place for healing.