|New PMH ambulances still have not arrived|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 10, 2012
After spending over $1 million on five new ambulances in March the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is still relying on failing ambulances constantly in need of repair.
PHA Managing Director Herbert Brown told The Guardian in March that the new ambulances would arrive in July.
However, in a statement released yesterday, the PHA said the ambulances won’t arrive for another few months.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Dr. Alvery Hanna said Brown might have been mistaken on the arrival date.
Hanna revealed on Wednesday that only two ambulances were operational after two had broken down that morning.
She said EMS needs at least eight ambulances to properly service New Providence.
“Ambulance services, however, have not been critically impacted as two ambulances remain fully operational at this time,” said Hanna Wednesday. “Repairs are underway with full restoration of service expected within hours.”
When contacted yesterday Hanna said that the fleet of ambulances was back up to five.
She said EMS would like to have at least 10 ambulances on call to service New Providence.
Hanna noted that EMS had secured backup service from Doctors Hospital’s Emergency Transport System to accommodate the shortage.
Those services cost the government between $250 to over $500 per call, she said.
The Nassau Guardian recently reported that five EMS ambulances were in a state of disrepair.
At the time of the last report, Hanna said mechanics told her that the ambulances might have been tampered with.
Both Hanna and PHA Managing Director Herbert Brown have noted that the ambulance fleet was aging and needed to be replaced.