HORROR INCIDENT: Two drivers have been suspended after a woman in labour fell out of a moving ambulance.Image: Sapa
NTABANKULU, Eastern Cape - Two drivers were suspended after a woman in labour fell out of a moving ambulance in Ntabankulu, near Mt Frere, the Eastern Cape health department said on Thursday (September 18).
The department's spokeperson said: "The patient sustained injuries and delivered a lifeless baby. We have suspended two ambulance drivers for putting the lives of patients at risk and flouting protocol."
The two crew members left the patient unattended in the back of the ambulance while they sat in the front.
The spokesperson said: "The rear door of the ambulance opened, resulting in the patient falling off and they did not even see that occurrence. They only realised when they got to hospital that the patient was missing.
"We are taking appropriate action against the two officials. They acted
negligently by leaving the patient unattended, hence the suspension."
A driver picked the woman up and rushed her to hospital.
The spokesperson said the provincial government would put tracking systems in ambulances to minimise the risk of abuse of vehicles and to monitor services.