Ambulance crisis hits new high

Ambulance shortages across Nova Scotia are at crisis levels, leaving communities vulnerable with Nova Scotians cancelling ambulance requests after multi-hour delays.

The Paramedics Union sent out a notice that at 8:00 p.m. last night, every county in the province outside of Cape Breton was experiencing a Code Critical warning.

“It is unacceptable that everyone on Mainland Nova Scotia was left vulnerable because the Rankin Liberals have let the ambulance shortage reach this level of disarray,” says Colton LeBlanc, PC candidate for Argyle and former advanced care paramedic.  “Nova Scotians are faced with a clear choice in this election: Iain Rankin continuing to ignore his healthcare crisis or Tim Houston’s solutions for healthcare.”

Before calling his state of emergency election, Iain Rankin brushed off questions from reporters about increasing Code Critical warnings and claimed that his government was making progress on the issue. Since the election was called on July 17, the Paramedics Union have reported over 700 Code Critical warnings, impacting every region of the province.

A Code Critical Warning is a warning from paramedics that there are not enough ambulances on the road to help Nova Scotians in a particular community.

“Iain Rankin thinks he’s making progress in healthcare,” added LeBlanc.  “Nova Scotians in need of emergency care can’t afford the risk of four more years of the Rankin Liberals.”

The impact of the Liberal government on ambulance shortages was evident to a mother in Truro, who resolved to drive her seriously ill daughter to the hospital after her ambulance patient transfer was pushed from 9 a.m. to 4pm.

PC Leader Tim Houston’s Solutions for Nova Scotians is a detailed, costed plan that will bring record investments to fix the healthcare crisis, including:

  • Aggressively recruiting and retaining doctors;
  • Ensuring seniors have access to long-term care;
  • Opening up operating rooms beyond 9 to 5;
  • Providing virtual care for the 70,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor; and
  • Removing the gag order on health care workers who want to improve the system

A Tim Houston PC government will work with paramedics to ensure that they have proper resources to feel supported.