November 17, 2021
For Immediate Release:
Today’s release of the Provincial Health Plan, “Stabilizing Health Care: An Urgent Call to Action” is an encouraging pathway forward for this province in the reform of healthcare.
“There are several direct initiatives that speak to utilizing paramedics as part of the larger healthcare team to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right time, by the right practitioner in the right location,” says Derek Cassista, President of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick.
Healthcare reform is overdue, and the Association supports any efforts made to improve access to primary healthcare. “Paramedics are one of the professionals who are ready to work in non-traditional roles bringing innovative care to citizens,” says Cassista.
The Paramedic Association consistently advocates for the most innovative use of finite paramedic resources within New Brunswick. Utilizing practitioners with a reduced scope of practice for the transportation of non-urgent patients to medical appointments aligns with this concept. “Government’s ongoing commitment that these practitioners will fall under the regulation of the Association will ensure that this group is held to the highest moral, ethical and educational standards,” Cassista says. We expect this from all New Brunswick paramedics; the public expects and deserves nothing less.
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