Paramedics claim critical shortage of on-duty ambulances and paramedic staff

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Paramedics with Eastern Health, members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), held a demonstration over the noon hour today near Confederation Building in St. John’s.

The paramedics are calling on the Minister of Health and the CEO of Eastern Health to take action to address what they claim is a critical shortage of on-duty ambulances and paramedic staff at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s.

NAPE represents over 25,000 public and private sector workers across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • mark w
    March 25, 2014 - 16:26

    If eastern health medics would do less socializing they would be available to to the calls that turn into the code red . No need for calls to take 90 minutes in town. Perhaps they need a reality check from the private services.

    • Mark uu
      March 26, 2014 - 12:33

      Calls take 60 - 90 minutes because off offloading times, ensuring proper documentation and providing advanced medical procedures in the field long before transport is initiated. If you want a reality check, try attending 9 or 10 critical patients in 12 hours.

  • jpcp
    March 25, 2014 - 14:48

    There are many more areas besides St. john's that are also in this mess. With towns having no emergency ambulance available for three hours or more at a time. This doesn't just happen inside the overpass!!

    • Pcpwife
      March 25, 2014 - 16:33

      Paramedics inside the overpass are putting work into changing The system. medics working "outside the overpass" (private services) should and can do something as well . The union is not putting any money behind this just supporting. There is no reason what private service medics can't do the same.

    • Sjacp
      March 25, 2014 - 17:27

      No doubt there are issues with the system province wide, however keep in mind that the difference in population "inside of the overpass" is exponential in comparison to the call volume. You may have one ambulance gone for a long period of time, but due to a small population your likelyhood of incurring a large influx of calls is much smaller. We need to fix EMS province wide but it needs to start somewhere and right now there's a proven, data driven risk happening in the city where paramedics cover over 300,000 people.

    • Medic
      March 25, 2014 - 22:52

      There is no doubt that there are serious issues with EMS in this entire province, conditions are deplorable. But this is another concerned group trying to improve service in their service area. The medics outside the overpass just need to find a way to get their voices heard as well.

  • Blind guides.
    March 25, 2014 - 12:39

    Hmm....more reverses coming? That's what happens when you make cuts to departments before doing any kind of examination. It's like doing an operation without even bothering to read the patient's chart! They should examine CNA next and see how that institution is coming along since the "strategic cuts."