Monday, May 30, 2005

Full Emergency Service Review Required?

On top of all the recent events regarding emergency service, yet another little event has bubbled to the surface which suggests that New Zealand's emergency services are not interacting as best as they could - in effect, diminishing the emergency service that is provided to New Zealanders.

In this case there appeared to be a dispute between Wellington Free Ambulance and the local Kapiti Emergency Medical Service. This probably has something to do with the fact that the ambulance services (there are more than one) do not have any legislative basis, and are not necessarily government funded. Compare that to the Police and Fire Service which are both government funded and have legislative support.

To me, it sounds like a comprehensive review across emergency services is required. Looking at individual services is not going to tell us much, because many of the problems appear to lie with communication between emergency services - such as the recent outing of the Iron Maiden botched rescue attempt. What do you think?

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