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Norway Parliament in flying visit to Norwegian Air Ambulance HQ

Filed under: Air Ambulances Abroad — Posted by: Andrew on December 18, 2011

Twelve of the 15 members from the Parliamentary Health and Human Services Committee in Norway have visited the Norwegian Air Ambulance headquarters, in a bid to understand the service better.

The event was hosted by the foundation that covers the cost of the air ambulance. One of the largest not-for-profit organisations in the country, with more than 760,000 members, it is funded by public donations and support from businesses.

As things presently stand, the service does not receive any government support. Though this is not set to change, the parliamentary committee was eager to understand the relationship between the service and the public health service. The questions asked of the foundation were varied and showed a clear understanding and interest in the service.

An area of particular interest regarded how Air Ambulance crews handled situations where their safety could be compromised. It was explained that, although the service was always eager to attend to any injuries on the ground as quickly as possible, it was only done so after close consultation with the police.

An area of concern for the foundation was how the service would be affected through the restructuring of the country’s hospitals. With centralisation a key part of this restructure, there are worries that patient transfer times will be jeopardised.

The parliamentary committee understood these worries and said it would take on board the concern for later discussion.

The event, brought to an end by a tour inside a service helicopter, was said to be very successful by everyone concerned. The committee extended public thanks to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation for the important work they continue to do each day.

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