Contract dispute puts freeze on ambulance services
A new report shows Oahu, Hawaii's only private ambulance service turned down nearly 40 percent of calls, has lagging response times
OAHU, Hawaii — The Leeward Coast is not getting the ambulance service it deserves. That's according to the area's Councilwoman who says a new report shows ambulance response times are lagging.
"What the report does for Leeward Coast residents is, confirms what they've been telling me for many years and that is they believe our ambulance service isn't up to par with other areas in the island," says City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine. Over a two month period, the City tracked 911 response times in West Oahu and found out the City's only private ambulance service, AMR, turned down 30 to 40% of requested calls.
"This could lead to possible loss of life if a person misdiagnosed themselves and it's much more serious or further injuries for my community," Pine says. But AMR says those numbers are not accurate.