Health Minister Not Willing To Change Course On Ambulance Dispatch
LETHBRIDGE - Mayor Chris Spearman and members of City Council met with Health Minister
Fred Horne on Thursday morning at the AUMA conference in Calgary to voice
concern about plans to consolidate ambulance dispatch.
Spearman says Minister Horne is prepared to tweak the process but not change
course. He feels that should be a concern for all Albertans outside the major
centres. Horne wants to delay making the decision but is not willing to change
the plan and Spearman thinks they are simply trying to diffuse the concern that
is being expressed to MLA's by municipalities.
The Mayor feels the course that Alberta Health Services has chosen will not
enhance local patients safety or ambulance response times in life threatening
emergencies, in fact he believes it will do the opposite. Spearman adds other
cities that have gone to Calgary based EMS dispatch have seen response rates
increase by 50 percent.
Spearman believes this is the number one issue in Alberta outside of Edmonton
and Calgary and the government is going to have to deal with it.
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 3/9/2014 10:25:25 AM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News