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Hundreds of firms interested in ambulance licences

HUNDREDS of companies, including private ambulance firms, hospitals and other new companies, have expressed interest in obtaining licences to operate ambulance services in Slovakia.

The Health Ministry announced tenders for 128 ambulance areas. The ministry will select the winners by the end of August, the daily Pravda reported.

In total there will be 259 ambulance areas in Slovakia. Companies who get licences will be responsible for providing all ambulance services in the given areas, and will have to be at the scene of any emergency within 15 minutes of receiving a call, according to the law.

After selecting the first 128 ambulance licence holders, the ministry will announce a competition for a further 76 licences.

Among the new companies interested in obtaining ambulance licences is the financial group Penta as well as a road safety system company, Motoršport.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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