Ten­ta­tive agree­ment reached

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Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent Tom Mar­shall has, an­nounced the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and 22 com­mu­nity-based am­bu­lance op­er­a­tors have reached a ten­ta­tive con­tract.

Th­ese op­er­a­tors are based across ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador.

Mr. Mar­shall said “ We be­lieve that this agree­ment pro­vides the nec­es­sary fund­ing re­quired to as­sist th­ese op­er­a­tors in con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery for ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador.” The ten­ta­tive agree­ment reached is for four years. Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy in­di­cated “Our gov­ern­ment is op­ti­mistic that this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into the road am­bu­lance pro­gram will help com­mu­nity-based op­er­a­tors ad­dress re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion is­sues. Our in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity am­bu­lance op­er­a­tions is con­sis­tent with our gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing qual­ity health ser­vices in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

Col­lec­tively, com­mu­nity-based am­bu­lance op­er­a­tors per­form more than 3,000 pa­tient trans­ports an­nu­ally and travel ap­prox­i­mately 500,000 kilo­me­tres.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment with pri­vate am­bu­lance op­er­a­tors.

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