"Many ambulances come too late"

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Ambulances fail to arrive at their destinations within 15 minutes in 9 percent of emergency cases. This has emerged from a study by AmbulanceZorg Nederland which was presented on Friday.

28 September 2007

THE HAGUE – Ambulances fail to arrive at their destinations within 15 minutes in 9 percent of emergency cases. This has emerged from a study by AmbulanceZorg Nederland which was presented on Friday.

The umbrella organisation says ambulances are mostly too late in sparsely populated areas where the vehicles have to cover great distances to reach their destination.

About 35,000 emergency responses take longer than 15 minutes to reach their destination each year. On average ambulances take 10 minutes to reach their destination in an emergency situation.

AmbulanceZorg Nederland says the number of ambulances in rural areas has to do with the amount of money that local governments make available for ambulance care.

Ambulance transport was given EUR 30 million several years ago in attempt to achieve optimal coverage. More than 2 million more is needed, the umbrella organisation says.

Ambulances in urban areas also arrive too late sometimes. In those areas the organisation is in need of updating, says AmbulanceZorg Nederland.

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Subject: Dutch news

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