Dutch health minister promises 46 new ambulances
The health ministry hopes the new ambulances will help reduce emergency response time to 12 minutes.5 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink is releasing money to buy dozens of ambulances.
The move comes in response to a report published today by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
The institute has calculated that more ambulances are needed to reduce emergency response time. The standard response time in the Netherlands is currently 12 minutes. Ninety-seven percent of ambulances have to meet this goal.
To achieve this, 46 ambulances are needed in the Rotterdam, Utrecht and Zeeland regions.
The minister has also promised 12 new ambulance stations, most of them located in the northern province of Friesland.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]