Ambulance fleet to be probed over safety concerns

A public prosecutor has ordered an urgent investigation into the difficult conditions under which the National First Aid Center (EKAB) is operating due to staff cutbacks and an aging fleet of ambulances.

Court of First Instance prosecutor Panayiota Fakou has asked the Attica traffic police to determine whether anyone should face criminal charges for putting public safety at risk following a series of complaints lodged by citizens and a report by Kathimerini into the dangers posed by a substandard service.

According to the head of the union of EKAB workers in Attica, Yiannis Housos, most ambulances are old and ill-serviced, with one in four having been taken off the road.