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Mayor Sending Letter To Health Minister Over Concerns About Consolidating Ambulance Dispatch

 
 

LETHBRIDGE - The Mayor is once again going public with his disapproval of the provincial plan to consolidate ambulance dispatch services.

 

Rajko Dodic is sending a letter to Health Minister Fred Horne asking him to reconsider the decision.

 

Dodic thinks the move to consolidate is not based on facts but rather on an untested belief that consolidation is better than what previously exists and for integrated services such as Lethbridge, he believes that conclusion to be faulty.

 

The province intends to integrate their dispatch services with ours so that it will be a seamless transition. However, Dodic feels it can be done better locally, saying "our position is that we have a single location in Lethbridge, we have operators who can dispatch fire, ambulance, and police at the same time as needed and we know where the personal and the equipment is at any given time."

 

He says the present system works and he's being asked to embrace a system that is unproven and in good conscience, he's not prepared to do that.

 

In the letter, Dodic points out that Lethbridge also provides ambulance dispatch services for surrounding communities. He says "Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs Greg Weadick has been given an ear full by many of the neighbouring communities saying that the ambulance dispatch provided by Lethbridge is excellent and at this point in time we see no reason why we can't maintain or shouldn't maintain the dispatch of all three of those, fire, EMS and police from the one location."

 

The letter is also going to Premier Alison Redford, Minister of Municpal Affairs Doug Griffiths, and Lethbridge MLA's Greg Weadick and Bridget Pastoor.



Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 4/19/2014 5:53:12 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
 
 
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