Karen de Kock, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Provincial Spokesperson of Health
With the contract between the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service and the Northern Cape Department of Health set to come to an end this week, the Democratic Alliance would like to take this opportunity to thank them for having provided a good quality service over the past 15 years.
I had the opportunity of flying with the Air Mercy Services recently and, aside from experiencing a good flight, my eyes were opened to the critical services that they have rendered to our vast province. They have saved countless lives and facilitated the provision of specialist services to people living in far outlying areas.
For a department plagued with countless issues of maladministration, poor management and corruption, the Air Mercy Services was perhaps the one thing that this department got right. I dare say it was refreshing to experience a unit related to our health department that functioned so well.
The DA hopes that the new service provider, Aerocare, will be able to provide as good a service. They have large shoes to fill and we will be closely watching to see whether they can meet and maintain the standards of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service.