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Colombo plan ambulances for Thailand



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FOR THE PRESS

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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

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15th . O c to b e r................ 195J .

COLCISq P M L B B 1 M C E S . for t h iil a k d

The Ac tin e. M in is te r f o r E x te r n a l A f f a i r s , S i r G a r f ie l d

B arw ick, announced to d a y t h a t th e f i r s t consignm ent of 94 A u s t r a li a n -

made am bulances w hich A u s t r a l i a i s g iv in g t o T h a ila n d u n d er th e Colombo

P la n w ould be s h ip p e d on th e "T h o rsg aard " w hich i s due t o le a v e A d elaid e

on 1 7 th O cto b er.

S i r G a r f ie ld s a id : " T h a ila n d has v e ry few am bulances t o

s e rv e i t s h o s p i t a l s . This Colombo P la n g i f t . w i l l p ro v id e e s s e n t i a l

m e d ic a l s e r v i c e t o th e p e o p le o f T h a ila n d . Most o f th e am bulances w i l l

s e rv e p r o v in c i a l h o s p i t a l s , many o f w hich have p r e v io u s ly had no p ro p e r

form of t r a n s p o r t f o r p a t i e n t s . "

"The am bulances w ere d e s ig n e d by a member o f th e A u s t r a li a n

Army M edical S e r v ic e s , M ajor A .S. Bradm ore, who v i s i t e d T h a ila n d e a r l y

t h i s y e a r to s tu d y th e c o n d itio n s un d er w hich th e v e h i c l e s w ould o p e r a te .

Each am bulance w i l l be f i t t e d c u t w ith m e d ical equipm ent f o r tr e a tm e n t

tr e a tm e n t .

i n t r a n s i t and f o r u s e a s a m o b ile /c e n tr e . The v e h i c le s a r e d e s ig n e d to

s ta n d up t o th e v e ry ro ugh ro a d s i n th e rem ote a r e a s of T h a ila n d . "

The am bulances a r e b e in g made by C h ry sler-D o d g e A u s t r a l i a

a t t h e i r w orks i n A d e la id e ,