DURBAN: Injured motor vehicle accident victims are having to wait up to an hour for an ambulance as private ambulances are refusing to attend to crash scenes as their battle over non-payments with the Road Accident Fund remain unresolved. At the weekend, injured taxi crash victims waited lay sprawled on the pavement of Mangosuthu Highway near Umlazi for more than an hour before help arrived.
Many had sustained minor to moderate injuries. However, concerns are growing about the impact the private ambulance impasse with the RAF would have in more serious road crashes where lives could be lost if there is no immediate medical care. KwaZulu-Natal’s public ambulance service are often treating patients who have fallen ill at home and need to be taken to the hospital.