CBC: Rural Manitoba health authority to temporarily dial back advanced care paramedic role, starting Saturday
Sep 01, 2018Move means 7 advanced care paramedics won't be allowed to offer certain types of care
Effective Saturday, advanced care paramedics in a rural Manitoba health region will no longer be allowed to offer certain procedures because of a shift to intermediate-care practice, in a move the province and the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority say is temporary.
But the union and professional association representing paramedics call it a step backward.
"This is just going to exacerbate the lack of care in rural Manitoba," said Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union, which represents 1,100 paramedics in the province, including those in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.
Advanced care paramedics in the health authority will no longer be able to practise in that capacity starting Sept. 1, said CEO Ron Van Denakker in an emailed statement Friday.Read full article