Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Health minister renews warning against private ambulance use

Health minister renews warning against private ambulance use

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An ambulance is ready to take traffic accident victims to hospital along Hun Sen Blvd last year. Hong Menea

Health minister renews warning against private ambulance use

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng on August 15 issued a letter warning of legal action against private clinic owners who still use their ambulances to take traffic accident victims to their premises despite the ministry banning the practice.

“This badly influences the whole health sector and the dignity of other medical professionals. Some ambulances have no licences from the health ministry,” the letter read.

The ministry recently issued several circulars prohibiting private ambulances from taking those injured in road accidents to their own clinics. But some private clinics, it noted, had failed to follow the circulars and continued to carry on with the practice.

The ministry singled out Malis Dangkor Poly Clinic in the capital’s Dangkor district and commune, issuing a letter warning of fines and instructing its owner to cease and desist.

It said the ministry would take action to close the clinic in case of non-compliance.

“We have observed that this clinic uses its ambulance to take traffic accident victims to its own premises for treatment despite the ban,” it said.

A Malis Dangkor employee who asked not to be named said the clinic had paid its fines and would follow the ministry’s instruction not to dispatch its ambulance to the scene of traffic accidents.

“We have followed the ministry’s instructions. If we observe any other rclinics doing this, I will complain. Officials from the ministry investigated us and found just one instance of us collecting a road accident victim,” the employee said.

In 2008, Prime Minister Hun Sen strongly criticised private ambulances, saying these they did not help people but instead endangered them. Sometimes, he noted, the ambulances vied with others to take victims as if they were picking up goods, placing the injured on top of each other and dropping them off at private clinics.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement