30-Nov-2022 Source: HeliHub.com
A political controversy is being reported in Italy over the helicopter rescue contract in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. The contract is held by Elifriulia using an Airbus H145 from a base at the main hospital in the town of Udine. The contract covers a region of 3060 square miles, containing a population of just over 1.2 million.
Regional councilor Walter Zalukar, not affiliated to one of the main political parties, believes the contract is not providing value for money to taxpayers. In the first four months of 2022, Zalukar is reported as saying that just 47 flights were carried out. Additionally, he looked at the time from callout to the helicopter arriving on scene, and quotes a figure of “40-45 minutes”. The majority of incident locations in the sample examined were 30-40km from the destination hospital.
Earlier this year questions on this contract were raised when a new agreement added flights at night, and was signed off for five years at a cost in excess of 10 million euros.
Zalukar has presented a motion to commit the regional government “to ensure a more reasonable use of the available resources”.
In the last two weeks, Eliance has completed on the purchase of operator Elifriulia