Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle-Barrington, Chris d’Entremont is deeply concerned about the growing ambulance wait times in the West Pubnico area.
In Question Period, d’Entremont asked Randy Delorey, the Minister of Health, to review EHS changes that have increased response times for Pubnico-area residents. Minister Delorey did not commit to a review but said work is ongoing to determine efficiencies across the province.
d’Entremont says that’s not good enough for the people of the Pubnico-area.
“Local volunteer firefighters are telling me that ambulance response times are increasing to as long as 35 minutes,” says d’Entremont. “We know that the difference between life and death can be counted in seconds. I want the Minister of Health to review this issue and get those wait times down for the people in the Pubnico-area.”
d’Entremont has been pushing this issue since March, when concerns were raised that the ambulance base in Pubnico had been lowered to “non-priority” status.
Last week, CBC reported that only one regional hospital is meeting the provincial standard for transferring patients from ambulance to hospital and that paramedics are too often tied up at Emergency rooms because of offload delays.
d’Entremont says he will continue to hold the Liberal government accountable for providing better ambulance coverage for residents in the local area.
“This is a growing concern. I know paramedics and first responders are doing their absolute best in a broken and under-resourced system,” says d’Entremont. “The Liberal government must get to the bottom of this issue and make sure that people are getting the care that they deserve and first responders are properly supported.“