Emergency health services gets funding injection

Clearwater among 73 rural communities to take part in new community paramedicine program

Kamloops This Week

The provincial government said paramedics will benefit from an additional $95.4 million being added to emergency health services over the next three years — including $4 million in immediate funding to buy equipment.

Health Minister Terry Lake said the money will be focused in three areas:

• Improving emergency response in rural and urban areas by adding ambulances paramedics and dispatchers;

• Supporting new initiatives to enhance the services in those rural and remote areas to create better access to primary and community-based care; and

• Introducing provincewide innovations and improvements to support how first responders deal with calls for assistance.

Six more ambulances will be added and stationed on the Lower Mainland, the air-ambulance service in the northeast will be expanded with more permanent part-time and full-time paramedics and a new community paramedicine program will be implemented in 73 rural communities (including Clearwater).

 

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