Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A new report by the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) has found major faults in local ambulance services. In particular, the faults lie in either lack of, or outdated staff training.
There are 24 ambulances dedicated to the Playa del Carmen area. Seven of them are reserved for scheduled pick ups while the other 17 are reserved for general ambulance emergencies.
Alonzo Ephraim Sansores of COFEPRIS, says that so far, staff from six ambulances serving Playa del Carmen have been found to have outdated training and have been given deadlines to become regularized.
Ephraim Sansores says that many of the ambulance visits over the past three months are simply routine inspections, but some are done randomly, taking staff by surprise. He explained that fines for violations against the state’s General Health Law start at 250 times minimum wage, depending on the offense.
He says that this is one of the reputable services offering some of the best care in the region, not only for Solidaridity, but also for patients that arrive from Cozumel and Tulum.