A tiny article in today’s Herald Sun newspaper (Thurs 30th July 09) talks about the possible extinction of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. How can this be? According to the article the service is one step away from disappearing althogether.
The Victorian State Government did not renew the contract to run air ambulances in Victoria with RFDS. Instead they awarded it to Pel-Air which is majority-owned by an overseas company. This same company is also trying for the NSW contract. If they succeed it will spell the end of the RFDS. I can’t believe this is happening. What’s wrong with our politicians? They’re not content with destroying lives but seem hell bent on destroying anything worthwhile.
According to the Herald Sun web site “The Premier said Qantas ran the service before the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the decision was based on money”.
Ahh! Of course it would have something to do with Money. We’ll pay less to a company whose profits will fly across the ocean and in turn endanger the existance of this amazing service established by the hard work and planning of John Flynn. The RFDS is a non profit organisation which relies on donations and sponsorships to keep it operating – a service which is available to anyone, anywhere in Australia for free. But it seems this is of no concern to the Brumby Governement.