Disgruntled private emergency services will go on strike to express their frustration with the KZN Ministry of Health, which has not yet made the Covid-19 vaccine available to all paramedics.
The KwaZulu Natal Private Ambulances Association (KZNPAA ) announced on Wednesday that it would launch strikes and protests against the KZN Ministry of Health (KZNDOH) on Monday, March 31. The association said not all private paramedics received the Covid-19 vaccine.
“KZNPAA is an organization born out of victimization and a lack of support from the Ministry of Health for its mandate and a lack of understanding of the basics of One Operation for small businesses, “the association said in a statement.
” As private frontline employees who also hold operating permits from the Ministry of Health, we are not vaccinated against Covid19 and do not know when and how we are being vaccinated because there is no formal notification from the department to us, “said the association.
KZNPAA also asked the department to review the ambulance service regulations that allegedly were” killing “our company” and “the submission and closure of private emergency services and business in general”.
The KZNPAA said it did along with the support of colleagues from the Gauten g Private Ambulances Association industrial action initiated (P. ASA).
“Enough is enough. For this reason we will start a protest march to the MEC offices of KZNDOH in Pietermaritzburg on May 31, 2021, “said KZNPAA.
The association said that none of its 40 members, which include small ambulance companies, in KZN and Gauteng would offer emergency services on Monday.
KZNPAA General Secretary Mario Booysen said the association wanted the department to review the regulations for emergency services, particularly with regard to annual permits and those that are too strict Control which districts ambulance services are allowed to operate across the province.