Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have made an official appeal to local municipalities across the country to limit ambulance transportation between hospitals in non-emergency cases.
The request was issued after the government released the latest ambulance dispatch data, showing that the total emergency vehicle use in 2015 stood at over 6 million cases, the highest in Japan’s history, Fuji TV reported. Among them, ambulance transportation between hospitals was used approximately 500,000 times last year.
In many of the cases, ambulance transportation from one hospital to another was used even in cases that lacked emergency, government officials say.
As a result of the findings, the Ministry appealed for the use of other means in cases the patient is not in a critical or emergency condition.© Japan Today