September 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Pilot communities in rural and remote BC will see enhanced ambulance paramedic service to see if it can address health care challenges.
Health minister Terry Lake says the paramedics could make house calls or tackle other community health needs.
Lake says the current system doesn’t offer enough calls to even pay paramedics for full time work.
“We need to have full-time paramedics that are going to be there and covering 24/7, but in order to do that, we need to find other roles for them in the community. So, we are working with the BC Ambulance Service and CUPE on this challenge and I think we’ve made some very positive first steps.”
On August 2nd a First Nations band councillor died in Haida Gwaii after waiting an hour an ambulance to arrive.