Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Private clinics decry ban on ambulances

Private clinics decry ban on ambulances

Private clinics decry ban on ambulances

State services below par, say private medical providers

PRIVATE health clinics say a recent government ban on their ambulances is forcing them to downsize and depriving victims of their superior medical services.

In November, the Ministry of Health made it illegal for private ambulances to retrieve accident victims in a bid to promote the public ambulance service, which it said is better equipped.

Sik Thireak, general director of Choam Chao clinic, said the ban has been damaging to the private health sector, which is the preferred form of emergency help of hundreds next to the notoriously slow government emergency services.

"There are some clinics that have been forced to reduce their staff, especially drivers ... leaving more people without care," he said.

Chantrea Poly Clinic general director En Voravuth said that the ban was a ruthless way to monopolise the health system.

"The reason they banned us is because Japan has donated a lot of money to the Ministry of Health, so they need to do it for their donor," he said.

Sik Thireak agreed: "Private clinics are better than government hospitals because their first priority is to save people's lives. Government hospitals' first priority is to meet relatives to collect money," he said.

"Nobody wants their clients to die in their clinic because they care about the impact on their clinic, too."

But Heng Taykry, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Health, reaffirmed his ministry's stance.

"We banned private ambulances to bring patients from accident scenes because they do not have the proper equipment to save lives," he said.

As of Thursday, according to official data, there have been 1,572 road-related deaths across the country.

MOST VIEWED

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police