The month of January may have been the busiest yet for the BC Ambulance service.
In fact one day a staggering 70 calls were holding waiting for an ambulance to be dispatched.
The ambulance paramedics union says of the 70 calls at one point holding on Friday January 20th, four were code 3, possible life-threatening calls, and had already been on hold for at least ten minutes with no ambulance to dispatch to them.
As well union president Bronwyn Barter says six ambulances were out of service that day.
“This seems to be a routine thing right now ambulances out of service, there is a staffing and resources crisis the government, BC Ambulance service and Provincial Health Services Authority are not responding to that alarm.”
“I have heard this is becoming a common occurrence and it’s very frustrating and it’s also very scary.”
That same day there was also a call from a car crash in Surrey where victims waited over five hours for an ambulance.