Operational Research in Health Report Response

Please see the following response to the ORH report

May 19, 2016 at 7:09 AM

Operational Research in Health Report Response

The Employer recently released their ORH (Operational Research in Health) Report on staffing in Greater Vancouver and Victoria.  While the Union applauds the fact additional resources are being added as a result of this report, we believe it does not go far enough.

Only a small fraction of the resources required were added to metropolitan areas.  The addition is not reducing wait times for patients, nor is it reducing the unprecedented workloads for Paramedics.  What is also frustrating, is the ORH only dealt with two Metropolitan areas when a lack of ambulance resources is a systemic problem province wide.

The BC Ambulance is still under-staffed and under-resourced resulting in the service being unable to meet the needs of patients throughout the province.  Senior Executives of BCEHS continue to promote the downloading of ambulance services to municipal governments and others.

We have reviewed the BCEHS ORH study extensively.  Attached is the Ambulance Paramedics of BC response to the ORH report.  In addition to our review, we are continuing to lobby the Provincial government for additional resources.  Several meeting have been held with the Ministry of Health (MOH), including Health Minister Lake, and Deputy Ministers.  As well, meetings are ongoing with Municipal Governments regarding the BC Ambulance Service’s continued attempts of downloading costs to them.  Mismanagement of the ambulance service, is not an excuse for downloading.

Please take the time to review our critique of the BC Ambulance Services ORH action plan at the following link.


Kind regards, 

Bronwyn Barter

Provincial President

Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC

CUPE Local 873 / 02  


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