For Immediate Release
Liberals Must Act on Funding for PUB Ambulance License for Growing Region on Southern Shore: Hutchings
St. John’s, NL (June 12, 2018) – Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland, is today calling on the Liberal Government to take action and approve funding for a new ambulance service for the Bay Bulls to Bauline region on the Southern shore.
“Recently the Public Utilities Board approved a new license operator for the region. Without the required funding envelope to support the operator, the region is without adequate ambulance response times in case of emergency and transportation to acute care facilities, and that puts people’s lives at risk,” said Hutchings
“The 2013 Fitch Report specifies that everyone should have access to an ambulance within 15 minutes of the initial call. But currently, residents have to rely on Eastern Health service which could take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes to respond or longer. This is unacceptable.”
A recent survey by Statistics Canada demonstrated that the area is one of the fastest growing regions in the province – so as a result, services must keep up. The excessive response times, in combination with the large area that Eastern Health has to cover, has caused a number of red alerts in the region. Despite this, no primary ambulance service has been introduced.
“I have heard from residents, municipal leaders and the local regional fire brigade, imploring the need for response time improvement,” added Hutchings
“The continuing growth of the population in the region exceeds other areas of the province that have two primary ambulances, and our population continues to grow. I urge the Government to commit immediately to funding needed primary and secondary ambulance services for the region.”
Reginald Careen, who has been the owner and operator of Cape Shore Ambulance Services for over twenty years, has obtained licensing to operate in the area from Bauline East to Bay Bulls. However, the Minister of Health has yet to approve block funding for a primary and secondary ambulance for the region, requested in January, holding up the introduction of new service.
“Residents of the area are in great need of their own ambulance service and we now have a license to provide the upgraded service,” said Careen
“An ambulance service would help relieve some of the burden from Eastern Health, and help us better serve the people of this province by providing them with more reasonable and consistent wait times.”
Devin Drover, Director of Communications
1.709.729.6105 | DevinDrover@gov.nl.ca
1.709.227.9011 | ReginaldCareen@gmail.com