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2005-05-25 14:51:18

Paramedic Slams Bahamas EMS

'Most of the other countries in the Caribbean have an EMS system so far ahead, and more advanced than the Bahamas, that is a shame'

The state of Emergency Medical Services has been severely criticised by an experienced paramedic who cliams the Bahamas is further behind in this field than all the other caribbean countries.

Warren Grant, 39, who has spent more than 15 years in the EMS field, was until recently president of the Bahamas Emergency Medical Services Association (BESMA).

He announced his resignation, effective immediately in an email sent to several medical professionals. He said that after six short months as president he was "mentally drained, physically drained, emotionally drained and now financially drained".

Mr. Grant said there are only six paramedics in New Providence, three of whom are in the public sector.

"Most of the other countries in the Caribbean have an EMS system so far ahead, and more advanced than the Bahamas, that is a shame. But , this is what you people want."

According to Mr. Grant Bahamians need to "wake up and get a reality check"

"Very few people in this country care about you guys," he wrote,. " All you guys do is complain about how bad EMS is, but none of you want to be man or woman enough to step up and try to correct the problems. The first thing you all need to do is look in the mirror and ask yourselves, am I part of the problem or part of the solution."

Source: Kilah Rolle, The Tribune

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