Thursday, 11 December 2008 22:42

Saskatchewan's EMS Service Getting a Check-up!

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The provincial government is following through on a commitment to improve emergency medical services (EMS) in Saskatchewan.

Health Minister Don McMorris has announced a province-wide EMS review, to be conducted in consultation with the ambulance industry and regional health authorities. Its recommendations will focus on pre-hospital and inter-hospital transfers, and will form the basis for a long-term plan to improve the province's road ambulance services.

"Saskatchewan people repeatedly tell me that emergency medical services need to be more effective, accessible and fair," McMorris said. "This review gives us an opportunity to be proactive in this area, and make positive changes that will benefit patients, families, health professionals and communities across the province."

Don Cummings, an Edmonton-based consultant with extensive experience in health system issues, has been appointed chair of the EMS review committee.

Ron Dufresne, president of SEMSA is very pleased with this announcement from Minister McMorris and the ministry of health. "Minister McMorris is following through on commitments to support and improve the health of all Saskatchewan people." Ron explains.

Mr. Dufresne further added "In addition his commitment to engage the industry and health regions to find effective and sustainable solutions for EMS in Saskatchewan is welcomed. There are challenges facing the EMS industry in both urban and rural areas and this review, through its collaborative approach will yield the solutions required for a long term vision. We thank the Minister for his commitment to Emergency Medical Services and the constituents of the communities SEMSA members serve in Saskatchewan."