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Councils 'refuse to put emergency rescue services out to tender'

The Local · 24 Sep 2011, 14:24

Published: 24 Sep 2011 14:24 GMT+02:00

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The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Saturday that although Sweden, Poland and Belgium have fully privatised emergency ambulance services, Germany was lagging way behind.

Danish firm Falck established a German subsidiary soon after the European Courts of Justice ruled last April that contracts should be put out to tender. But despite having bid for three contracts, Falck has so far failed to get one, the paper reported.

Although its bid made to the Cologne authorities were rejected for being too expensive – 25 percent higher than the German Red Cross (DRK) – managers complain that there has been no notice of a new contract having been awarded.

“The highest European legal opinion is being completely ignored by various German states,” a spokesman for the firm said.

Volunteer- supported organisations which currently organise emergency response services, including the DRK, say competition between them for the contracts has already pushed costs down as far as they can go.

Yet they say that organisations such as the DRK, the Malteser and Johanniter, also offer added value as they not only provide professional rescue workers but also have the option to call in an army of volunteers should an incident require added help.

A number of municipalities are taking the responsibility for organising rescue services back, seeing that as the best way to guarantee quality, the FAZ said – even though this is generally more expensive.

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16:43 September 24, 2011 by Englishted
Europe has it's dirty little fingers in every pie ,why ?.

Give us a vote on important issues e.g. expansion ,bail outs ,but no these people who nobody knows are the new European dictators.
14:05 September 25, 2011 by pepsionice
Here's the curious thing. The German Red Cross has the inside ticket.....plus they get various tax credits so there is no true tax on them. If they make a "profit"? They end up having a slush fund where local folks can come in and ask for a low-interest loan to start a business (ice cream parlor, coffee shop, landscaping, etc). A number of folks have commented about this over the past decade and how unfair a plus-up that the German Red Cross has.
11:07 September 26, 2011 by Europaia
Yes, of course your "nationality" is English, Englishted (although "English" isn't a nationality), that explains your ignorance. I thought the English at least believed in a "common market", i.e. a single market. This is a perfect example of the single market, enabling contracts to be bid on by anyone operating within that single market. Isn't this exactly what happens in the UK, where almost everything is put out to tender? You blustering "eurosceptics" don't even know what you're blustering about: you bluster against what you claim you actually believe in! Unless you don't believe in the common market, in which case one wonders why you the Englishman reside in Germany (and just how you have been able to do so). You're the one who sounds like a crazy dictator. Back to England and your (weak) pounds!
10:50 September 28, 2011 by Englishted
I was born in the nation of England to countless generations of English relations how do think that makes me not English( try not to be rude).

The English did indeed vote to enter the "common market" they did not join what has now become the E.U..

To hold the U.K. up as a example of putting out to tender is strange and only proves what a bad idea it was and is.

I believe somethings are too important to be run on a profit only basis where would you draw the line ?.

The English have lived and work all over continental Europe and European in England for hundreds of year before the E.U..

Being sceptical is not a insult ,I am no dictator I believe in voting ,however the E.U. has forgotten about it.

Did the people have a vote on expansion? even though it cost the older members huge sums of money,were people offered the choice on the Euro?

the contempt to which the E.U. shows it's electorate can be found in the way Ireland voted in the constitution vote .Soon stopped that one changed the name and pushed it through the back door.

I believe in a united and free Europe but don't believe the E.U. is the correct body to achieve this with out reform and they will not do it themselves.

On a personal note I am not "the Englishman " I am a Englishman who resides in Germany .Where do you come from so we may see on what you base your ideas .
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