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Regulatory Body for Paramedics Encouraged by Health Reform Promises

November 17, 2021

For Immediate Release:

Fredericton, NB

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.

For further comment contact:

Chris Hood

Executive Director

506-459-2638

Press Release on New Brunswick 2020-2021 Budget

March 10, 2020
Fredericton, NB
The Paramedic Association (PANB) is very pleased to see key initiatives related to Paramedic practice in New Brunswick announced today within the 2020-21 Provincial Budget.
Government has accepted and acted upon some of the key recommendations in PANB’s White Paper which was released in October 2018:

  1. “The Government immediately ensures that advanced care paramedics (ACP) be provided with equipment and authority to practice whenever they are working in the paramedic system”.
  2. “The Government ensures that the deployment of advanced care paramedics be province wide, in addition to current locations”.
  3. “The Government ensures that multiple patient units be created to accommodate low acuity patients being transferred along the main transfer corridors”.
    In response to our recommendations, Government has empowered our ACPs to practice to their full scope, wherever they may be working. This allows paramedics to treat patients in urban, rural and remote parts of this province in a way that will improve health outcomes, by allowing these ACPs to have access to a progressive skill set that include thrombolytics and point of care ultrasound.
    Government has also committed to expand our fleet of ambulances to address a growing community need for bariatric capable transportation and a system wide need for multi-patient transport vehicles in our most commonly traveled routes.
    We have long been advocating for these improvements to our Paramedic system and today we see the results of our endeavors. PANB feels these announcements comprise some of the foundational elements required in any Healthcare reforms being considered for our province.
    We thank the Government for their wisdom and tenacity in improving our Paramedic system and continuing to advocate for Paramedics.
    For additional information or to schedule media availability, contact Chris Hood, Executive Director.

Reaction to Healthcare Reform Announcement

The Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) is the regulatory body and professional association for the over 1100 paramedics in the province of New Brunswick.

In reaction to the healthcare reform announcement:

  • PANB is an advocate for healthcare reform at all levels, including the paramedic system. The status quo for our healthcare system isn’t good enough and we recognize the current system is not structured to succeed.
  • PANB recognizes our 2 Regional Health Authorities are experiencing challenges in terms of service delivery and human resourcing. These similar challenges are being experienced in the paramedic system today.
  • There are many strategies that need to be employed to lessen the impact of these emergency room reforms. An example would be deploying Advanced Care Paramedics into affected communities, which would bring more advanced interventions into the home, and mitigate long hospital stays with things like thrombolytics and advanced pain management at the community level.
  • It is vital that paramedics are present in these affected communities moving forward. Deployment is an area of concern for PANB, and the government should look closely at developing a community-based paramedic system to help lessen the burden of rural health emergencies.

For additional information or to schedule media availability, contact Chris Hood, Executive Director