Put pa­tients first

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vice was es­tab­lished to look af­ter pa­tients in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, but also when they are un­able to as­sist them­selves.

Its man­date was to pro­vide pa­tient assess­ment, pa­tient sta­bi­liza­tion and pa­tient trans­port to a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity for on­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and care. It is a vi­tal part of the pa­tient health care chain.

This man­date can­not be pro­vided solely by the fire depart­ment rush­ing to the scene first and clar­i­fy­ing that yes, there is a pa­tient. Then hav­ing the fire paramedic chief state that we no longer need the 350 paramedics. Have the chief and the city for­got­ten about the pa­tient?

CHUCK TINGUELY

Pi­nawa

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