108 ambulance tender controversy resurfaces in Kerala
news Monday, January 05, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 21, 2014 | 11:45 AM IST The 108 ambulance tender call, going on in the state has now met with some fresh controversy. As per the new norms, paramedics and cardio equipments may not be a part of new ambulances. These will only have medicines, the 108 employees are moving to court against this. The initial controversy regarding 108 specialty ambulances were on the same lines. Earlier the rule said that nurses and equipments will not be a part of the 108 ambulanes. The new norm also does not guarantee that the ambulances will have nurses in them. The controversy surrounding the earlier set of norms led to the cancellation of the initial tender. With the same issue surfacing again, it is not yet sure whether this tender will also be cancelled. Also.earlier nurses who had a nursing degree were the ones who used to be employed with 108 services. But now, as per the new norm, anyone who passed a short-term emergency medical technician course can be appointed. The tender this time has been invited for 287 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances, which have basic facilities, and also 283 patient transport ambulances. State's health department is of the view that it will buy BLS ambulances as huge losses will be incurred if all the 43 ambulances of 108 are put into services. The current 108 ambulances are equipped with several medical equipments to monitor the patients heath and to provide emergency treatment to a patient en-route to the hospital.