Tentative agreement reached
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.