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Sep 13, 2018

Medical Tourism Consultant Makes Allegations Against Southern Emergency Services

Last week we reported on the donation of a fully equipped ambulance by the Rotary Club of Edmonton, Canada in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Dangriga. The medical van was acquired as an addition to the fleet of vehicles for Southern Emergency Services located at mile ten in Dangriga. But tonight, there is a report coming from a ex-partner saying that the new proprietors did not hold up to their end of the bargain for which EMT services are provided.  Medical Tourism Facilitator, Joy Smith says that she relocated her family from Belize City to Dangriga, and along with her husband, who also works in the medical field, got Southern Emergency Services on its footing, but has now been pushed out.


Joy Smith

Joy Smith, Medical Tourism Facilitator/Consultant

“Last year December, we got with this group of Canadians that said that they wanted to open up this ambulance company. We agreed; we gave them our proposal, they gave us back their counterproposal and we agreed on one set of guidelines that we were going to go down to Stann Creek and help them develop this ambulance company. We moved down to Stann Creek in February; by April, we had them licensed through the Ministry of Health. We gave them the policy and procedures, the forms for day-to-day operation; one section of the application was just my husband’s credentials for the application. Things went well for a while, but then it started to get rocky as it went along.  I created the policy and procedure manual; I created the eleven form/reports that are used for the day-to-day operations. I also created the application forms, the drafts for the signs of the building and the promotional material that they are using for events. I am not asking them to pay for that. We went down there saying that we are going to help develop this service down south because it is an essential service and the Ministry of Health was working with us as well because they knew that it was an essential service that they needed to fill down there. So they worked with us, worked with Southern Emergency to build up this service. But when they got what they wanted, because for two years prior, they’ve been trying to get this service developed and weren’t able to. We got it approved in four months. As soon as they got what they wanted, everything just stopped, shut down.”

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