2019 Elections: April 16

April 16, 2019: Elections
Learn what your political parties have in store for Healthcare

As a way of helping you make an informed decision for the April 16, 2019 elections, here are the parmedicine election promises for 2019

Alberta NDP

  • Additional funding to STARS

United Conservative Party

  • Launching Alberta Heroes Fund

Alberta Party

  • Develop practices that allow trained and licensed healthcare professionals, such as Paramedics or nurse practitioners, more discretion in directing medical care.
  • Deliver cost savings by reforming EMS dispatch and practices so that paramedics are able to spend more time in our communities and less time in the hospital.

Alberta Liberal Party

  • Nothing related to Paramedicine


What the Paramedics are saying:

Ending non-emergent interhospital transfer’s during the nighttime hours woud reduce fatigue on paramedics working 24 and 96 hr shifts.” – Keith

“I hate having to shut down our communities only ambulance because i’ve been awake for more than 24 hours. I worry about my neighbors when there is no ambulance in town. It also contributes to extended response times and code RED’s. core/flex needs to end!”  – Steven

“If I could practice to my full scope and with more autonomy, I could reduce unnecessary trips to the ER and provide a higher level of care to my patients.” – Aaron

“Unfortuanately, It’s honestly probably going to take a tragedy for it (core/flex) to be re-evaluated” – Beth

“As a Metro paramedic, it seems like i’m always stuck in the ER taking patients from core/flex crews so they don’t ‘time out’. Why not make all ambulances 12 hour shifts so they don’t time out and we can keep serving the city?” – Alex

“Using 911 response ambulances for scheduled appointments like dentist visits, wound care and prescheduled MRI’s leaves the communities at risk if there is an emergency. I wish politician’s would ask us where the ‘real’ cracks in the system are in rural EMS” – Michael 

“Hospital waits are a fact of our job. The hopitals should accommodate paramedics with a break room where we can heat up our food and get out of the public eye, or at least provide enough chairs in the ER that we can get off our feet” – Christopher

“I should have the right to choose my union” – Maxwell 

Current as of March 24. The Association will update any campaign announcements, policy or otherwise towards Emergency Medical Services, Paramedicine or First Responders. Comment below to voice your opinion on what matters to YOU the practitioner the most and what changes you would like to see!

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