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hmmmm. So the idea is to free up the ambulance and paramedics with it while hiring 140 more paramedics. The question that comes to mind is how do these 140 paramedics get around and how do you determine they should be sent instead of the ambulance? I notice in the article that of the 160 calls answered in Niagara only 5 were sent somewhere else instead of the ER.Some places in Ontario are proposing using taxis…
Ottawa paramedics are seeking provincial approval for a new program that would see some patients with non-urgent concerns taken to hospital in a taxi.globalnews.ca
I agree that people shouldn't be utilizing ambulances for non-emergencies and I am sure that most can tell it isn't one. I hurt my ankle doesn't require 911 or an ambulance. I think this requires more than taxis and more paramedics to resolve though. Why are they tied up at ER's waiting hours to hand off patients? That is the big bottleneck and needs to be worked on.