March 05, 2013
Growing response times and red alert period in Edmonton demand action: Forsyth
EDMONTON, AB (March 5, 2013): Today in Question Period, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth demanded action on EMS services with increased response times and ballooning red alert periods with EMS services in Edmonton.
A freedom of information request obtained by the Wildrose Official Opposition indicates that EMS response times have increased in Edmonton since April 2009, and show the amount of time ambulances in Edmonton are on red alert, meaning that there are only three dispatch units or less available throughout the entire city, have also increased from a total of three hours per month to thirty hours. Following the recent Health Quality Council report indicating mismanagement by the PC government in administering EMS services, Forsyth stated in Question Period that it’s time for the government to get to work. “Given that this government seems to be having trouble understanding the impact of minutes in emergency care and the danger of leaving our first response system in red alert, when will this government stop running out the clock and put the interests of patients first,” Forsyth asked.