Ambulance situation needs attention: Murphy

NDP Service NL Critic George Murphy

NDP Service NL critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says the ambulance situation at Eastern Health is getting worse and without prompt action may reach crisis level. Murphy attended a demonstration held by paramedics at Confederation Building today, and brought their concerns to Question Period in the House of Assembly.

“Paramedics for Eastern Health need help. No call is ever routine,” Murphy said in the House of Assembly today. “They say there’s a shortage of paramedics and they require relief from a heavy workload.

“What is government’s plan to address the shortage of ambulance personnel in Eastern Health?”

Murphy says the paramedics are particularly concerned about the rise in red alert events, defined as times when no ambulance is available for calls.

“Any shortage of ambulance personnel is certainly indicative as a reason for the high number of red alert events,” he said. “How does government plan to address the red alert problem?”

The NDP Critic also called attention to the lack of action taken by government on the review it commissioned in December 2012. The report was completed and submitted in August 2013.

“It has been more than a year since the government started their ambulance review. They’ve had the results of the review for several months,” Murphy said in the House today.

“When will government implement the recommendations in the review?”

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