The provincial government today released the review of the provincial road ambulance program.
A news release notes the report, completed by the Fitch-Helleur partnership, includes an analysis of current ambulance services in the province and recommendations to support a more effective service for residents.
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Health Minister Susan Sullivan says the government is working on a plan to pay family caregivers, and that it will be coming soon.
“We asked for an honest and independent assessment of our current road ambulance program and recommendations to make it a high-performing system,” said Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan.
“What we learned is that there is significant room for improvement.”
The review included dialogue with ambulance operators, ambulance professionals and the general public, using roundtable discussions, town halls, interviews and surveys.
Fitch and Associates made 10 recommendations including the creation of a single agency to administer and oversee the program; creating a central dispatch system; and, self-regulation of ambulance professionals.
“Our next step in this process will be to reach out to the people of the province, in particular industry stakeholders and users of ambulance services such as seniors and persons with disabilities and discuss with them the review’s findings and recommendations,” Sullivan said.
Stakeholder engagement sessions are being co-ordinated in partnership with the Office of Public Engagement and will take place in November. The public will also be provided with an opportunity to provide feedback online, via email, and/or by regular mail. Details will be provided in the near future.
To access a copy of the report, visit www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/ or call 1-855-729-0333 to request a printed version.
In Newfoundland and Labrador there are more than 800 staff and health professionals and 171 ambulances that complete approximately 185 road ambulance transports per day.