The selection of a single provider of air ambulance services to the Cayman Islands will soon be made.
Health Minister Anthony Eden said Friday the selection of a single reliable air ambulance vendor, which comes after a tendering process, was necessary.
‘The Cayman Islands, being an isolated island nation, requires a more reliable and efficient service for the transport of patients overseas and inter-island,’ he said.
Mr. Eden said it was hoped that the successful vendor could operate from Grand Cayman, which would drastically reduce the time it takes to transfer patients off of any of the three Cayman Islands.
‘If not cost-efficient [to operate out of Grand Cayman], a single-source supplier from off-island will still improve response times and do so at lower costs than now incurred.’
Mr. Eden said patients sometimes have to wait 24 hours before being transferred off island because of the unavailability of service at the time it is requested or difficulties in sourcing overseas air ambulance providers.
‘This is not good enough,’ he said.