Too few ambulance crews in rural BC, says Coons

  • Sep. 11, 2006 5:00 p.m.

Ambulance stations in Masset and Sandspit, as well as a few other small communities in the north, were closed at points last week and over the long weekend, and that’s got North Coast MLA Gary Coons sounding the alarm.
“Premier Gordon Campbell and Health Minister George Abbott were made well aware of this crisis in the last two years and have simply failed to listen and act,” Mr. Coons said. “Prince Rupert, Masset, Sandspit and the Central Coast have all been adversely affected. This is a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Mr. Coons said ambulance service in the north is facing enormous challenges, and called for immediate initiatives to retain and recruit paramedics, as well as additional training for rural areas.
The BC Ambulance Service says it is planning a recruitment drive for the Charlottes, and will be sending someone over here the week of Sept. 18.