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Protect EMS workers - ANC

The ANC in the Western Cape has urged the DA to prioritise the safety of EMS members.

The ANC in the Western Cape has urged the DA to prioritise the safety of EMS members.

CAPE TOWN - ANC Western Cape Health spokesperson Mcebisi Skwatsha says he does not believe the provincial Health Department is providing the best healthcare to all.

Skwatsha criticised the province's 2013/2014 health budget which was presented by MEC Theuns Botha in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

He announced a new communications system for emergency medical services.

However, Skwatsha says Botha's department should first address the safety of EMS staff and patients.

"The EMS workers are working hard and we, as the ANC, take our hats off to them. But we also know they have encountered practical problems at security level."

Skwatsha added some paramedics risk their lives while performing their duties.

"Ambulances get robbed while carrying out their duties and staff get injured in the process. We think that proper infrastructure in terms of their own security must be looked into."

Earlier, Botha emphasised the importance of investing in educating the public on preventable diseases.

The department has R15.8 billion to spend this financial year.

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