Air Ambulance Services

Res #: 27-01A
Number: 27
Year: 2001
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Health

Resolution No. 27-01A

WHEREAS, there may be reduced rural emergency health services and facilities in the future; and

WHEREAS, survival often hinges on the ability of people to receive medical attention as soon as possible when a medical emergency arises;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby to enhance Air Ambulance Services and encourage the Federal and Provincial Governments to reach cost saving agreements in order to keep costs reasonable.

Response from Hon. John T. Nilson:

Two new planes are being acquired to replace the aging aircraft currently being used by the Air Ambulance fleet in Saskatchewan. The new planes are larger and will improve service to residents right across the province. The new planes will be capable of carrying two stretcher-bound patients rather than one., as is the case with the existing aircraft. In addition, extra space on the aircraft will be particularly beneficial when transporting critically ill infants or children, and will allow for a family member to accompany a patient.

The first new place will be in service by the summer of 2001. It is being fitted with an array of medical equipment, similar to what is found in a hospital intensive care ward. We anticipate the second new place will be in service in late 2001. Saskatchewan Air Ambulance provides nearly 1,000 flights annually. Many of the flights are for residents in rural or remote areas who need rapid access to more specialized care in larger centres.