How can we have a shortage of ambulances?
I must make the Bermuda public aware of a very dangerous public safety problem.
My mother came down with the flu about two weeks ago; she is 86 years old and immobile.
She was bedridden for two weeks before we finally called her doctor to come to the house to give her a diagnosis.
When he examined her, he immediately called 911 for an ambulance, told the responder her condition and said she needed to be admitted to hospital.
The 911 call was placed at 1.42pm, but the ambulance did not arrive until 2.45pm — a disgrace!
I was told by the EMTs who arrived first that there were only three ambulances available island-wide. Whoever is responsible, get your act together. This is a national emergency.
There should be six ambulances at the hospital at all times unless there is a national disaster. One at the East End and one at the West End.
If this government can afford 450 police officers, it can afford many more ambulances, firemen and support staff.
Don’t tell me you don’t have the money. With a $1 billion budget, please reallocate funds from another department. You are spending $250 million on education and are closing many primary schools.
Take $60 million from there and reallocate to public safety.