CPT International doesn’t take medical emergencies seriously claims paramedic

A Cape Town paramedic says that he is frustrated by the lackadaisical attitude of airport staff who delay...

An aerial view of an airport. Picture: Reinard Ludick/Eyewitness News

A <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cape Town paramedic says that he is frustrated by the lackadaisical attitude of airport staff who delay health workers’ access to emergency scenes.

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A registered emergency services worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told Eyewitness News that many people are oblivious to the importance of allowing paramedics easy access to a scene.

The emergency care worker says the frustrations begin at the airport boom gate when staff refuse to allow them onto the premises.

He says they attend to many emergencies throughout the week, adding that it sometimes takes between 45 minutes and one hour to get from the boom to the incident sight.

“If my mother’s laying down there having a heart attack and I’m waiting 45 minutes for an ambulance, questions need to be asked,” says the paramedic.

He believes the airport needs to improve its channels of communication, especially ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup when an influx of tourists is expected.