A Haida Gwaii politician is raising concerns about ambulance services in her region.
Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Queen Charlotte, Lori Wiedeman says the retention of paramedics is a problem her community is facing.
“They’ve actually been flying in unit chiefs from other areas of the province to come in and assist with coverage for our station and they I believe also provide some coverage for some of the other stations that are on the island.”
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For months, concerns have been raised in Metro Vancouver about slow ambulance response times and low morale among paramedics.
But now, Wiedeman says rural and remote ambulance service needs to be re-examined and a different approach is needed for staffing.
“So days when there is no one available or just one person available and when there is just one person available there is a limitation on what they can and can’t do because of the safety of the ambulance attendants themselves.”
Wiedeman admits it is not uncommon to have ambulances ‘out of service,’ this driving her to call for a system-wide overhaul.
Last week B.C. Emergency Health Services denied flying paramedics into small communities to deal with staff shortages. But in a statement to CKNW they say they have flown unit chiefs into Haida Gwaii to cover shifts when necessary.
But in a statement to CKNW they say they have flown unit chiefs into Haida Gwaii to cover shifts when necessary, but add the situation has now been stabilized.