Cape Town - Patients who call ambulances to attend to them in Khayelitsha say paramedics are refusing to come to their addresses, fearing being attacked by opportunistic criminals.
Resident Nobubele Mhlahlo, 33, said she had to hire a car to take her to a meeting point at the fire station in Japhta Masemola Road.
“As much as I understand the workers' concerns, it's sad that patients have to suffer like this. What happens when a patient lives alone, can’t walk or has no money to hire transport to the meeting point?”
Paramedics are adamant that something has to be done to guarantee their safety and they have threatened to strike if their employer, the Health Department, does not find an amicable solution to create a safer working environment.
Three paramedics, who spoke to the Cape Times on condition of anonymity, said they had stopped going into Khayelitsha.