Private ambulances slow right down


Johannesburg – An unforeseen casualty has been the private ambulance industry as the country enters its ninth week.

The sector – which supports over 400 companies and over 13,000 medics – has been roiled by a sharp dip in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many firms have been forced to place staff on short time.

The South African Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association (Sapaesa) warned that many companies faced closure.

“If the South African economy continues in its downward spiral in response to the current lockdown, a number of private ambulance services in South Africa face imminent closure,” said Oliver Wright CEO of Sapaesa.

Wright added that when the peak of Covid-19 infections hits SA, there may be a dire shortage of ambulances available to assist patients who need to be hospitalised.

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