The union representing B.C. paramedics is standing up for one of their own.
It comes a day after CKNW learned Dario Bartoli’s mother Junko Iida is suing the Ministry of Health and an Emergency Services 911 dispatcher saying her son died as a result of negligence.
But union president Bronwyn Barter is yet again pointing the finger at the government, saying a lot of things went wrong. That includes a lack of resources and B.C. Ambulance re-classifying emergency code calls a year before Dario’s death.
“They downgraded a number of calls that used to be for example certain shortness of breaths, certain collapses – those all used to be code 3 calls and now they are being dispatched as routine.”
She says the change happened in 2013.
“We’ve been called so many times for certain things based on this medical priority dispatching system that we as paramedics are showing up and it’s something totally different.”
Barter says the dispatcher named in the lawsuit is still on the job.