Funding and Support for Rural Emergency Medical Services

Year: 2020

Number: 17-20A

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

WHEREAS with temporary hospital closures, as well as multiple hospitals and urgent care facilities on bypass in the rural communities, the need for exceptional ambulance facilities is crucial;

WHEREAS rural emergency medical services are struggling to educate, attract and retain emergency medical responder and first responder personnel;

WHEREAS emergency medical responder and primary care paramedic training is not readily available in the rural settings;

WHEREAS on-call wages for emergency medical responder personnel is less than half of minimum wage and time spent on-call time does not count towards any benefits for emergency medical services personnel;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to provide easier access for training opportunities for those willing to take the emergency medical responders or primary care paramedic course;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to have better on-call wages and benefits to help people of the communities have a better opportunity to get involved, in turn helping with staffing shortages.

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