Two new ambulances will be added to the current fleet of emergency services vehicles on Tuesday, Minister of Health John Boyce announced today.
Addressing a service at the Pegwell Community Church to mark the start of the observance of International Nurses Week this morning, Boyce said this will bring to six, the number of ambulances brought into the island for use by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) since he became Minister of Health in 2013.
Records show that the QEH received four new Toyota ambulances in early 2014.
According to Dr David Byer, Medical Consultant in charge of Accident & Emergency at that time, the QEH was operating on one dedicated ambulance and a utility response vehicle which was doubling as an ambulance.
In that 2014 statement Byer gave the assurance that, “soon our fleets will be supplemented with up to six ambulances and we will be able to function effectively as an emergency ambulance service on our own, except in special situations where we would require the excess numbers”.
Boyce is also optimistic that the additional vehicles will ease the burden emergency services.
“I know that being able to get into the country and get our people who are not well, picked up or attended to and being accompanied to the hospital is an important part of delivery of health care, and urgent health care in Barbados.
“When there is an emergency and we have an urgent care need, we need as a country to be able to respond. And I’m fairly comfortable that you will not hear in Barbados that cry for ambulances that used to be par for the course a couple years ago,” he said.