Cape Town EMS In Trouble, Workers 'Burnt Out'!

by Medindia Content Team on  February 28, 2008 at 6:12 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
Cape Town EMS In Trouble, Workers 'Burnt Out'!
About 90% of the total calls received in the EMS of Cape Town reportedly go unattended. Reason? Severe employee scarcity.

With even more workers rethinking about a career change, the emergency services here are trailing down in providing services.

A state Senate study shows that workers are least motivated to take up a job in the emergency medical services of Georgia. The lack of medical reimbursements and poor wages provided to the workers act as stumbling blocks in attracting dedicated workers to the job. Due to this, the needs of the critically illed patients are being neglected, leaving the patients' conditions in a pathetic state.

Two of the hospitals in Athens were compelled to sell off their ambulance services to the private companies.

But state committee reports do not give a satisfactory picture about the private sectors services either.

'It was with great disappointment that I learned how difficult our state Medicaid and federal Medicare systems have made basic reimbursement for providing emergency services,' state Sen. Ronnie Chance said in the report.

What do the EMS workers have to say about the Senate report?

Though they say it is a right move, they are pretty much aware that it will take years for a proper implementation of the recommendations to be made. This turns them down.

'Our hope is that our lawmakers can use the study sort of as a reminder to improve the system over the next several years,'said Courtney Terwilliger, chairman of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, who testified before the state committee.

EMS industry being a sophisticated business, it requires a deeper analysis to find out the actual cause of behind the problem and the authorities should take faster steps to tackle the scene.

Source: Medindia

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