Port ads voice to those criticising ambulance service

  • Oct. 8, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Port Clements is adding its voice to a chorus of criticism about ambulance service in rural and remote communities. Council members voted Monday night (Oct. 7) to write to the Minister of Health with its concerns, after reading a letter from a group of Haida Gwaii doctors. The doctors said the ambulance system is not working, with small communities suffering from chronic staff shortages, and paramedics facing challenges getting training and combining a regular job with ambulance service. Mayor Wally Cheer said all northern communities are facing the same problems, and they will have to be both persistent and patient in seeking a solution. “I truly believe this is something that is going to take a while and our efforts will have to be multi-pronged,” he said.

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