Union threatens to pull paramedics off the roads

File: Health services trade union, Hospersa, has threatened to pull its paramedics off the roads. Photo: Flickr.com / Bob Adams

JOHANNESBURG – Health services trade union Hospersa has threatened to pull its paramedics off the roads.

The threat comes after an ambulance, carrying an eight-year-old boy was ambushed and robbed in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Cape Town.

The boy later died in hospital.

The union said the health department has in the past refused to deal with ongoing attacks because of its criminal nature.

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Hospersa said these attacks have been increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Over 100 attacks were reported in the Western Cape in 2016.

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has also come out strongly against the attack saying it is "sickening."

"An attack such as this on an ambulance, which is there to save lives, is reprehensible and sickening," said Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, chairperson of SAMA.

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