he province is providing funding for 60 new, full-time paramedic positions in Manitoba, which include 26 in the IERHA. An announcement was made in the RM of West St. Paul on April 30. (Brook Jones/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network)
The Interlake will soon see an increase in the number of paramedics who serve the entire region.
The province announced, April 30, that it will be enhancing the province’s emergency medical services system by funding 60 new, full-time paramedic positions, which will included 26 in the Interlake region.
“The addition of 26 new full-time paramedic positions will ensure highly skilled professionals are available at a moment’s notice if and when they need them,” Minister of Infrastructure Ron Schuler said. “The new positions will be strategically placed throughout the region, ensuring residents have access to consistent, reliable health care no matter where they live.”
The new-full equivalent positions will be spread out across the Interlake. West St. Paul will be reciving 9.7 FTE, 4.85 will be allocated to Teulon and 4.85 in Gimli.
West St. Paul mayor Bruce Henley said it’s important the community recognizes that the province has taken an major step forward to ensure that residents living in the rural Manitoba will have additional resources.
“They’re highly trained. They’re available 24-hours a day, seven days a week and we count on them,” Henley said.
Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler told Interlake Publishing the additional paramedics will ensure Manitobans have access to reliable health care and noted the importance of having health care provided in a timely manner.
“Health are is the most important service provided by the Government of Manitoba,” Eichler said.
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority CEO Ron Van Denakker said the funding will allow for a new model of EMS staffing that will increase the availablity of paramedics for the entire region.
He explained to reporters that in June 2017, the province announced the implementation of recommendations from the 2013 Manitoba EMS System Review.