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Opinion: ambulance service is ruled by tyrannous management style with signs of mobbing

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe management of Emergency Medical Service is very authoritative, even tyrannous, with signs of mobbing, notes Saeima deputy elected from Latvian Regional Alliance Mārtiņš Šics.

In his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV, Šics emphasized that the service’s employees are dissatisfied with their pay and work conditions. But people are nonetheless forced to remain silent, because management is very authoritative with clear signs of mobbing.

The politician criticizes the head of the medical service Armands Plorins for the wasteful procurement of ambulances, which has also been mentioned by State Audit. Šics believes that other high-rank managers are dismissed from their posts, punished and tried for even the slightest violations.

This Thursday, January 15th, multiple trade unions of Emergency Medical Service decided to express distrust to Plorins and ask Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics to evaluate the former’s compliance with requirements of his post.

Plorins is accused of money overspending in the procurement of ambulance services in Riga region and having problems with personnel management.

BNN had previously reported that the Latvian government has approved Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics’ initiative to provide new ambulances to Emergency Medical Service by means of lease.

Healthcare Ministry has estimated that the volume of funds needed to provide ambulances this year is EUR 7,536,430. EUR 2,718,346 is planned to be paid to Riga Sanitary Car Park for services provided until April 28th.

Throughout 2016-2021 it is planned that services will cost the state budget EUR 7,536,430 per year. Expenses of 2022 are planned at EUR 2,512,143.

Estimates do not include the possible rise of fuel, labour and other expenses. HM will assess those particular expenses separately every year. The institution will also prepare new political initiatives and measures to strengthen administrative capacity.

It is planned that 30 new ambulances will be leased in 2015, 42 in 2016, 10 in 2017, 3 in 2020, 10 in 2021 and 4 in 2022.

HM also notes that regardless of whether or not the service is provided through outsourcing or leasing, there is a risk for the quality of emergency medical service capacity, because there will be only 20 out of 60 required reserve ambulances, which may result in reduced capabilities of the National Medical Service.

According to HM, the procurement of new ambulances will be divided into several stages. The first ambulances will be supplied in June.

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