Rural district hospitals: Ambulance services, staff attitudes, and other impediments to healthcare delivery

John Du Toit Zaaijman


The purpose of this letter is to stress once more the importance of a reliable ambulance service to and from rural district hospitals in South Africa, along roads that are usable. The rural hospital cannot play its role as ‘hub’ without a connecting transport lifeline. The attitudes of some staff members at some district hospitals have to be addressed. Proper training (and re-training) in the basic tenets of the ethos of healthcare are a top priority.

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John Du Toit Zaaijman, Inxuba Yethemba, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Rural district hospitals; Healthcare delivery; South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(12):1001. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i12.10174

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Date submitted: 2015-10-06
Date published: 2015-11-03

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