There may be many areas of blame, but whatever the reasons, it’s led to the southwest coast having three fewer paramedics.
Because paper work was not received by the Provincial Medical Oversight office on time, three paramedics were deemed inactive for work.
Brent Seaward was a paramedic for McKenzie’s Ambulance for five years. He said every year paramedics have to send off registration papers. They include basic information, clinical hours worked, number of intravenous applied and updated CPR certificate.
“They ( Provincial Medical Oversight) require original documents, despite the unwillingness to send them back.”
Seaward said the CPR certificate provided a challenge for everyone time-wise.
“They wouldn’t take a signed statement from the trainer stating it was completed,” he said. “They gave us until the end of the month ( March) to have all the paper work in.”
Being deemed inactive for work means they automatically can’t work and they receive a record of employment.
According to Seaward paramedics can opt to pay a $ 50 late fee charge to be reinstated but he has other penalties to worry about as well.
An interview was not provided from the Provincial Medical Oversight, however a communications specialist through Eastern Health gave an emailed statement.
The email indicated the Provincial Medical Oversight is a regulatory body, and therefore cannot comment on specific operations. It did, however, confirm its policies, which include receiving the proper documentation either by mail or in person.
“All submitted documentation must be postmarked no later than February 1 of the registration year,” was written directly in the email.
Contrary to Seawards statement regarding the CPR certificate, the communications specialist stated the only original documents it would need are the Provincial Medical Oversight forms with the exception of certificates, which they do accept in copy format.