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Brandon paramedics are burning out fast

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: January 10, 2022 07:31

Union says staffing shortages are critical

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Brandon paramedics are burned-out as calls rise and they cover more emergencies in the surrounding area like Shilo, Souris and Rivers. 

In a social media post, Brandon Firefighters/Paramedics Local 803 says the number of calls neared 7,000 last year, and the city only has only two primary ambulances at each of its fire halls - a number that hasn't changed in 25 years. 

The union says a document titled, the October 2021 Medical Transportation Coordination Centre Ground Report, pointed to 17,000 hours of no ambulance coverage in rural Manitoba - a five-year high - and transfers to Winnipeg have soared by 300% in the past 25 years.  

Shared Health says efforts are underway to hire more paramedics to reduce the reliance on overtime or on-call staffing. It has admitted there have been days in Prairie Mountain Health where staff shortages have hit 40% of what's needed to provide coverage.

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