Ambulance review completed, not yet available

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Report being assessed by government: staffer

Health Minister Susan Sullivan. — Telegram file photo

A consultant’s report on the province’s ambulance program was presented to the provincial government on Tuesday.

Contacted by The Telegram and asked for the report, a spokesman for the Department of Health said today the information is not being released at this time.

“The department has just received the final report, which provides a comprehensive review of the provincial ambulance program, and is in the process of reviewing the recommendations,” reads a statement provided on behalf of Health Minister Susan Sullivan.

“Every report is different — some of the recommendations put forth may require legislative or regulatory changes,” the email states. “Our next step is to closely review the recommendations that have been presented to government and develop an appropriate course of action. Upon concluding that process we will release the report.”

A request for proposals for a review of the Provincial Ambulance Program was first issued by government in May 2012. The review was to cover service demand, structure, equipment and service delivery options.

The review was completed under a $250,000 contract awarded in November 2012. The contract went to a Fitch-Helleur partnership of Fitch and Associates from Plattsville, Miss., and Jane Helleur and Associates, a St. John’s-based management consulting firm.

“I am pleased to provide this update today on the Provincial Ambulance Program review ... The next steps in the process are to closely review the recommendations and develop a plan that will enable us to move forward to deliver optimal service to the people of the province,” Sullivan stated, in a public statement by government this afternoon.

“I look forward to discussing this report with my colleagues over the coming weeks,” she said.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Department of Health, Fitch and Associates, Jane Helleur and Associates

Geographic location: Plattsville

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  • Tim Jamison
    August 23, 2013 - 00:42

    The entire province's EMS system needs to be made public, as was done in the three Maritime provinces. Emergency service isn't supposed to be about a private owner's profits. It's supposed to be about maximum efficiency in delivery of care