Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has released the following statement for Paramedic Services Week:
“From May 27th to June 2nd we celebrate Paramedics Services Week. This important week is a time to recognize the tremendous dedication and skill of our EMS staff and their continued service to Alberta. They deal with the most serious injuries and illnesses with professionalism and self-control.
We should honour these hard working individuals with more than words. The NDP Government must act to improve working conditions for EMS workers.
There is an urgent need to address wasteful and frustrating ER hallway delays in transfer of patients to nursing staff. In 2016 this amounted to 650, 000 hours of time when they are not in the communities responding faster to crisis and cost roughly $21M annually. These wasted hours also contribute to both the substantial overtime demands (135, 000 hours in 2016) and increased sickness and stress leave for EMS staff.
Addressing these issues is the best way to honour the dedicated service of EMS employees. It is also a smart investment into better healthcare for Albertans. On this Paramedic Services week I renew my call for the NDP Government to fix these problems.”