There is a need to properly support rural emergency medical response services in the Sun Country Health Region according to a recent release issued by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 5999.
“There are chronic staff shortages that can lead to shutdown of emergency medical services (EMS) on a continual basis in multiple communities in the Sun Country region. Rural communities can be without EMS for as much as 10 days a month,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE Local 5999. “This means the already short-staffed communities are covering larger areas in emergencies and response times are longer, due to those period of wider coverage.”
“Patient care is the most important part of our job as EMS and health-care providrs. This is our prime directive. The present issues have a direct impact on our patients, whether it be in response time due to staff shortages or the quality of care available. These issues are directly and negatively affecting patient health,” said Michael Harlos, an EMS worker in Redvers.