Rabat - After a video surfaced on social media showing ambulance paramedics escorting a sick man to withdraw money from a bank machine in Tangier, the Regional Health Directorate issued a response refuting claims.
Rabat – After a video surfaced on social media showing ambulance paramedics escorting a sick man to withdraw money from a bank machine in Tangier, the Regional Health Directorate issued a response refuting claims.
The footage has sparked outrage among some social media users, who claimed that the
paramedics had refused to carry the sick man to the hospital for free. The video led some to question and criticize the policies of medical institutions in Morocco.
In response, the regional health directorate issued a statement saying “the patient had asked to be taken to the bank machine by his own free will” and was not taking out money in order to pay any medical bills.
“On August 24, a Spanish national who was a guest in a hotel in the city of Tangier, called a private ambulance in order to take him to a private clinic for medical consultation around 12:00 a.m.,” said the health directorate.
The statement added that after his medical examination at the clinic, the patient’s health
condition did not require hospitalization, and the patient asked to be transferred to the city of Ceuta.
The regional health directorate affirmed that the ambulance in question was not affiliated to the Ministry of Health, and that it was owned by a private clinic licensed by the regional authorities.
The statement added that the ministry of health has introduced a new law regarding health transportation services, which will ensure the availability of fully-equipped medical ambulances and professional workforce.