Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues?

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC

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.

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