Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Proposal To Outsource Ambulance Services. Gross Abdication Of Responsibility.

The Health Ministry has proposed outsourcing ambulance services to the private sector to overcome issues like the lack of trained personnel and maintenance of vehicles. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the Economic Planning Unit was studying the ministry’s proposal, which was submitted in June.

“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.


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Blogger perlisan said...

The Malaysian,
I think we Malaysians already get used (numb) to all these. i.e. our Minister would privatise/out source :-
** task that are problematic like the above case so as to wash their hands off. Later, anything happened, they would blame these private companies.
** jobs that are lucarative with guaranteed handsome profits. Out source them to their cronies or family members. The list is almost endless from Ministries to GLC like Tenaga National.

However, if any of these venture went wrong with profit lose, our government would happily take it back. Whichever way, we are screwed. Tax payers always end up losers. This go on year after year and it seem nothing would change. Am I too pessimistic?
Btw, I am looking forward to toll charge increase early next year. If no increase as promised by Mr. Samy, then tax payer would bear the million RM compensation. Pity those feller who don't use tolled highway but have to bear the cost.

11:01 AM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Its really sad perlisan, that the lessons of unjust and unfair privatisation have not been learnt and the authorities keep making the same mistakes. What do they care anyway? We're the ones getting screwed!

1:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah,we're the one getting screwed and they're the one with fat pocket. Why still vote for them? This mentality I just cannot understand.

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