ambulanceCape Argus reports that Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has done an about-turn on his promise to provide private security to escort EMS (Emergency Medical Services) staff responding to medical emergencies in “red zones”.  

Plato was quoted on the TV programme Carte Blanche as saying that he would set up Safety Kiosks manned by private security and neighbourhood watch members to escort EMS staff who have been under attack in dangerous areas.  He has now said it would be too expensive and that he was in talks with various stakeholders on possible ways to protect EMS staff.  He indicated that hiring of private security guards would be costly and his department was coming up with ideas from his responsibilities as oversight officer for policing in the province.  “We will have meetings where I will take a lead and look at all issues of safety regarding paramedics before a decision is made,” Plato said on Tuesday.  From 2012 to 2016 there were 231 attacks on paramedics and eight in 2017 so far.

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