Brac ambulance OK’d

Grand Cayman gets two

Funding for two new ambulances for Grand Cayman and one for Cayman Brac is being provided for in the Supplementary Appropriations Bill.

The ambulance for Cayman Brac is included in an equity investment for acquisition of new assets for the Health Services Authority totalling $1.3 million while the two new ambulances for Grand Cayman come under an equity investment of $493,207 for the HSA to replace damaged assets.

Minister for Health Gilbert McLean said one of the ambulances will serve the Eastern Districts.

North Side MLA Edna Moyle had questioned whether an ambulance would be provided for North Side. She said that an ambulance serves North Side, Bodden Town and East End, but at certain times it is not in the Eastern Districts and is sometimes even called to go all the way to West Bay.

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She told the Minister she wanted an undertaking from him that a new ambulance would be provided for and stationed in the Eastern Districts, which he gave her.

Sister Islands MLA Lyndon Martin thanked the Minister for the provision of funds for the ambulance for Cayman Brac and also for provision for a dialysis machine for the Faith Hospital.

Mr. McLean said Minister for Planning, Communications, District Administration and Information Technology and Sister Islands MLA Julianna O’Connor-Connolly and Mr. Martin had made many recommendations for a dialysis machine in Cayman Brac and two meetings ago the Health Services Authority Board decided to put one there and facilitate the necessary staff training.

The Minister said that even from a tourism point of view the machine could prove beneficial, as there is a growing number of people on Grand Cayman needing to avail of dialysis and its availability in Cayman Brac will mean people needing the treatment being able to travel there.

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