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Latvian government approves lease of ambulances

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Tuesday, January 13th, Latvian government 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.

In order to reduce risks, HM plans to begin slowly introducing new ambulances to hospitals in order to allow medical personnel to learn their functions as soon as possible.

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