St John delay after accident

A person waited more than an hour for an ambulance after falling off their bike in Mosgiel yesterday.

Police were called to Gretna Pl at 2.55pm, where a person had fallen off their bike.

St John coastal Otago territory manager Doug Third said they received a 111 call at 2.12pm from a member of the public about the incident.

However, the ambulance was diverted to a potentially life-threatening call, he said.

"All other ambulances were committed and a second ambulance was assigned to the job for this patient at 3.10pm, when it became available."

That ambulance arrived on scene at 3.28pm and the patient was taken to Dunedin Hospital in a moderate condition, Mr Third said.

"It is always St John Ambulance’s objective to respond as soon as possible, with life-threatening calls given the highest priority."

Police carried out traffic control at the scene.


Here we go again again.
To Pauline Latta, your petition wouldn't change this at all.
The problem is we have a public (thanks to the media) who have absolutely no idea how ambulances are run or funded in this country.
Ambulance services are tendered for and the cheapest provider gets the contract.
The contract stipulates how many ambulances there are to be etc.
St John undercut to get these contracts then cry charity and con the Paulines of his world to run petitions. And the sheep go baa.
Answer is to have a nationalised ambulance service run by the govt.
The govt is listening to that but is worried the public love their St John too much and don't want to lose votes over it.
So public, wake up, speak up.



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