Health Minister Susan Sullivan speaks with reporters Tuesday about an incident Monday in which medical waste from the Health Sciences Centre scattered along a length of Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s. Sullivan said a full investigation will be done to determine how the incident occurred. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The provincial government announced today it has awarded a contract valued at $250,000 to the Fitch-Helleur partnership to carry out the review of the Provincial Ambulance Program.
The operational review will examine how the program works and where efficiencies can be found, a news release notes.
“This review is designed to examine operational policies and not patient-care policies,” noted Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan.
The review will look at the three ambulance programs utilized in the province — road ambulances and fixed wing and rotary air ambulance services. This review will not re-evaluate or duplicate the 2010 fixed-wing program review to determine the placement of the air ambulance services.
Consultations will be carried out with provincial stakeholders including officials with the Department of Health and Community Services, Government Air Services, regional health authorities, Service NL, Occupational Health and Safety, ambulance operators and fixed and rotary wing aircraft providers. The dates for the consultations will be determined at a later date.