Girne State Hospital chief physician Dr Ceyhun Birinci told Cyprus Today that the driver of the vehicle, which has since been repaired, failed to inform the hospital administration after first realising there were problems with the battery.
The recent ambulance breakdown was the seventh across the TRNC in recent weeks, it was reported, sparking fresh debate about the state of the country’s health services.
Critics claim that the purchase of 12 new ambulances has been delayed by the government.
They also cite an urgent need for repairs and improvements to hospitals and health centres, shortages of medicines and equipment, and a chronic lack of medical staff.
“It’s normal for these ambulances to break down at times as they have been used for so many years and have carried so many patients,” Dr Birinci said.
“This specific ambulance was, however, given to us from another area as we needed more based on the demand.
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