Third wave sees Joburg and Ekurhuleni ambulance services in shambles
Global standard requires 80% of all calls be responded to within 15 minutes. Gauteng has changed this to 30 minutes
The City of Johannesburg’s entire fleet of more than 100 ambulances has been grounded for a month, and public health patients now have to call on provincial services.
The situation comes after years of planning to transfer Emergency Management Services from Gauteng’s three metros to the province. Now both Ekurhuleni and Joburg have grounded their fleets, while Tshwane has applied to the province for its licence to operate its fleet of 70 ambulances to be extended to the end of this year.
Ekurhuleni stopped operating its ambulances more than a year ago, while Joburg’s fleet was completely grounded in mid June, due to a lack of budget, insurance and medical supplies...