Last week, relaxations were also announced for healthcare transport. As of today, 18 September 2021, the capacity of a care transport vehicle can be fully utilized again. This was urged by KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi, because the maximization of capacity in combination with a driver shortage resulted in the accessibility of healthcare transport coming under pressure. It is still mandatory – barring exceptions – to wear face masks in healthcare transport. KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi has adjusted the protocols based on the relaxed guidelines.
The sector protocols go into effect today and can be found here. One of the most important principles in the care transport of persons aged 18 years and older will not change. Driver and travelers must still wear a medical face mask. The rules regarding wearing a mouth cap will also remain in student transport.
KNV Care Transport and Taxi is happy with the further relaxation. As society opened up more and more, the demand for healthcare transport rose again. Due to the capacity limitations in the protocol, sometimes the demand could no longer be met (see also here). This was an undesirable situation because of the social importance of healthcare transport. After all, healthcare transport is an important link in the healthcare chain, for example for transport to hospital treatments. With the relaxation as of 18 September, the sector will have a little more elbow room.