ÚDZS: Doctor in medivac helicopter case made right decision

The Health Care Supervisory Authority (ÚDZS) on April 16 released the results of investigation into a tragic road accident near Skalica last year that occurred while medivac helicopter service was unavailable due to what the opposition described as a botched Health Ministry tender.

The Health Care Supervisory Authority (ÚDZS) on April 16 released the results of investigation into a tragic road accident near Skalica last year that occurred while medivac helicopter service was unavailable due to what the opposition described as a botched Health Ministry tender.

The doctor who arrived to the scene by ambulance made the correct decision when he said that no helicopter was necessary and it was enough to transport the severely injured woman to a hospital by ambulance, the TASR newswire quoted the ÚDZS.

However, the Skalica hospital made some mistakes. “A certain medical intervention wasn’t carried out on time,” said UDZS spokeswoman Soňa Valášiková. She declined to provide any details, however, stating that this concerns confidential information of the patient.

ÚDZS only investigated whether the health care provided to the injured woman, who eventually died, was appropriate - it didn’t look into the outage of helicopter emergency service itself, Valášiková said.

Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská in the autumn faced a no-confidence motion in parliament for the lack of medivac helicopter services in Bratislava and Trenčín regions between September 12 and 16. The old licences expired in May and Zvolenská signed new licences for the use of medivac stations in Bratislava and Trenčín on September 16. The two stations ended up temporarily out of service in September 12-16, as the selection committee, citing a higher number of bidders, took longer to a pick a winner in a tender.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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