Code Critical: Code critical is a term used by paramedics to describe instances where not enough ambulances are available to service their community.
Three years after paramedics began sounding the alarm on increasing ‘Code Critical’ situations, the Liberal government is leaving communities without proper access to pre-hospital emergency health services.
Colton LeBlanc, who worked as a paramedic and is the PC Critic for Pre-Hospital & Preventative Care, says that he has seen these issues first-hand and continues to hear concerns from his former colleagues about persisting issues within the pre-hospital emergency system.
“It’s completely unacceptable that Nova Scotians continue to face long waits for ambulances, and delayed offload times that keep paramedics tied up at the hospital,” says LeBlanc. “Each shift, paramedics do the best they can with the resources they have - and they deserve a government that will work to improve the system.”
LeBlanc has been using his time in the Legislature to ask the Liberals about their plans to address these ‘Code Critical’ situations since he was first elected. He says the lack of action on the government’s part shows that they don’t understand how severe the situation is becoming.
“The lack of action taken by the Liberal government is causing burnout among paramedics and delays for patients to receive the care they need,” says LeBlanc. “I’m proud that the PC Caucus is supporting the ‘Code Critical’ movement, because our party understands the dire state of these emergency services and are willing to do the work to improve them.”
In 2018, the government commissioned Fitch & Associates to do a review of the ambulance services, but the government continues to keep this $145,000 report hidden from the public. A decision LeBlanc says illustrates the Liberals’ attitude towards those working in emergency services.
In contrast the PCs have put out clear plans, Hope for Health and Dignity for our Seniors, that would work in tandem to free up hospital space, and allow paramedics to be on the road helping Nova Scotians rather than at hospitals.
“The government needs to release the Fitch Report and begin working on solutions, so that Nova Scotians can have timely access to care in an emergency,” says LeBlanc.