Advocacy group backs new ambulance in eastern area
Adding a new ambulance to eastern P.E.I. is good news, says the chairman of a grassroots advocacy group called Islandwide Hospital Access (IHA).
The provincial government announced Friday that a new ambulance will be stationed in the St. Peters area, beginning in February.
“We’re delighted with the news . . . cautiously delighted,’’ said Alan MacPhee of Souris.
“We think Morell/St. Peters has been having some of the same issues that (Souris) has been having and we think it’s a good addition.’’
In December, the average response time for an ambulance in the Montague and Souris regions was between 10 and 12 minutes.
That’s the time between the actual 911 call to the ambulance getting there.
However, MacPhee says the IHA group doesn’t agree with the province’s data on response times.
“We were still having people waiting 45 minutes when they had a level one heart attack. Anecdotally, when we’re talking to the fire department, which gets there first, they are saying the response times ( for an ambulance) are longer than EMS is saying.’’