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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


Emergency Medical Services Regulations, 2017

Part 3 : Licensing of Emergency Medical Services

10. Consideration of application for licence


When considering an application for a licence, the Committee must consider the comments and responses received in respect of the application in order to determine whether there is a justifiable need for the proposed Emergency Medical Service and may take into account the following:

(a) The need to ensure consistency of health service planning and development at national, provincial and local levels and the need to promote equitable distribution and rationalisation of health services with a view to correcting inequities based on racial, gender, economic and geographical factors and taking into account—
(i) the demographic and epidemiological characteristics of the population to be served;
(ii) the total and target population in the area;
(iii) the age and gender composition of the population; and
(iv) the morbidity and mortality profiles of the population;
(b) the availability of existing emergency medical services;
(c) the need to promote quality services which are accessible, affordable, cost-effective and safe;
(d) the potential advantages and disadvantages of the application for any affected communities;
(e) the need to advance persons or categories of persons designated in terms of the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998), the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), the Co-operatives Act, 2005 (Act No. 14 of 2005) and the small, medium and micro-enterprise sector, including cooperatives;
(f) the potential benefits of training and research and development with a view to the improvement of health service delivery;
(g) the need to ensure that ownership of Emergency Medical Services does not create perverse incentives for service providers to over service patients or refer them inappropriately;
(h) where applicable, the quality of health services rendered by the applicant in the past; and
(i) where applicable, compliance with reporting requirements as set out in these Regulations in the past.