Western P.E.I. Experiencing Reduced Ambulance Services
There are currently no ambulance services available to respond in a timely way to emergency calls in Western Prince Edward Island. Volunteer firefighters at local fire departments have been advised that they will need to wait with emergency care patients as no ambulances are available to respond. Emergency medical services patients from Summerside to West Point to Skinners Pond are waiting for an ambulance when the nearest deployable truck is in Hunter River or Charlottetown if one is available at all, says Liberal MLA Robert Henderson.
“The coverage is simply not up to standard,” says Henderson Liberal Critic for Healthcare. “This situation is completely unacceptable. There has been a pattern of reduced ambulance services available and now with snow and poor driving conditions, people are even worse off when left without adequate emergency care. Islanders are paying for a service, yet it is not being provided. Now we have a situation where volunteer firefighters are stepping up and responding to fill the gaps.”
Island EMS is the exclusive provider of ambulance services in P.E.I. and is contracted by the Provincial Government. Liberal MLAs have repeatedly raised questions in the Legislature regarding a pattern of delayed response times and unavailability, which government has consistently denied.
Henderson says, “Islanders aren’t getting accurate information on ambulance response times. This government needs to stop denying this problem exists, and instead get to work on addressing it. Islanders can’t wait any longer for reliable ambulance services.”
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