Ambulance service still under intensified supervision

POSTED: 08/30/13 1:15 PM

St. Maarten – Intensified supervision on the ambulance service by the Inspectorate of Public Health has not been called off. This is according to Inspector General Dr. Earl Best who said that the Inspectorate is playing it safe in its evaluation of the ambulance operations.

“There are still many other matters that will be addressed in a timely manner and according to an action plan that the Inspectorate VSA and the ambulance service have agreed upon and will be monitored closely by the Inspectorate, reason why the intensified supervision has not been called off as yet,” Dr. Best said.

The ambulance service was audited on July 12  Some findings concerning quality of care and patient safety from this audit demanded immediate actions to be taken by the Ministry and management, the Inspectorate said.

The proposed changes drew an immediate reaction from the Windward Islands Civil Servants who spoke out in support of its members for them not to be held accountable because they were told not to administer medications.

“The fact that there was no medical supervisor whilst medication was administered and other medical procedures were performed by ambulance staff was reasons to urgently take some necessary measures. As a result the ambulance service was also placed under intensified supervision as of July 19.

Through quick intervention by Minister de Weever these problems were addressed in short time and the prohibition by the Inspectorate on the administration of medication and medical procedures was lifted on July 29,” the Inspectorate said.

WICSU leader Derie Leonard told Today that she was satisfied with the explanation provided by De Weever and her members were duly informed.



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