Ambulance services in the other health regions will not be transferred from municipal control in April as previously scheduled.
PCH chairman Marvin Moore said he was pleased that the region will be able to move forward as planned. PCH has been allocated $6.1 million to make the transfer a reality.
SOURCE: Fairview Post
"I think what we're looking for is a long-term solution," said Bob Hawkesworth, a Calgary alderman and president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
SOURCE: Edmonton Sun
Its parents are Alberta's politicians and bureaucrats who conceived the idea with faulty information and then left it to gestate during the "red zone" of the provincial election campaign. Instead of a $55-million love child we ended up with a $128-million mongrel not even a health minister could love.
It's certainly not an orphan even though it's a failure. This health-care Rosemary's baby has more parents than a PTA picnic. None are willing to sign the birth certificate, though. Everyone is blaming everyone else for the conception.
Source: Edmonton Journal
The region is one of two test projects which will take place this year. Originally the provincial government planned to have all health regions in the province providing ambulance service in April but higher than anticipated costs forced the government to reconsider, Minister of Health and Wellness Iris Evans said. PCH has been allocated $6.1 million for the pilot project.
It was a surprise, said Brazeau County representative Tim Mitchell. We thought we would be disbanding then we realized we had to go and renew our contract with Associated Ambulance.
The authority, which is made up of representatives from nine municipalities including Brazeau County, Drayton Valley and Breton had already proceeded to cancel their contract with Associated Ambulance after April of this year to allow the government to take over.
After unanimously passing the motion during Airdrie city councils Monday night meeting, members expressed concern not only with how the provinces solution of spreading $55 million the amount it originally allotted to health regions to begin paying for the service as of April 1 to municipalities on a per capita basis is not enough for some communities, but how it seems to be too much for others.
Town, P.C.H deadlocked
by mark rieder
R-G Staff Writer
Tuesday March 29, 2005
Peace River Record Gazette - A March 22 meeting between Peace Country
health and the Town of Peace River ended in a stalemate on the future of
In a strongly worded press release, the Town said they were "deeply
disappointed with the actions of Peace Country health", March 23.
In the press release, the Town stated they were under the impression the
meeting would be an open negotiation of ambulance delivery.
"Instead we received their two alternatives," Mayor Lorne Mann stated in
The Town was given the option of joining the pilot project and signing
over their assets or going it alone without financial assistance from
"Unfortunately, both scenarios negatively impact the residents of the
town," stated the release.
The Town's position is that losing their integrated fire and ambulance
service will "result in a reduced quality of service to town residents"
and "also cause a deterioration of service to the entire region".
Marvin Moore, Peace Country health board chair, disputed these claims at
a hastily called a press conference after the meeting.
"We think there's not a big issue there in concern to the response
time," he said.
Council will discuss the offer and make a final decision at the March 29
The Town has until April 1 to inform the health region if they will take
part in the pilot project.
"By April 1st somebody has to be responsible [for making a decision],"
The pilot project will be an on going initiative, beyond just one year
"There's no turning back here. It's going to remain, in my view, for the
long-term." He said.
If the Town refuses the transfer, they will not receive any of the $55
million in funding the province has promised other municipalities as
compensation for dropping the province-wide ambulance transfer.
The province has promised a $16.00 per capita pay-out to the
municipalities. Peace Country health is getting $46.00 per capita for
their project. That includes Peace River's share, even if the town does
not take part.
"PCH will not even consider transferring the $16.00 per capita amount to
the town that every other municipality is receiving," says the press
Another concern from the Town is compensation for the over $250,000.00
they have invested in the EMS equipment that would be taken over by the
The communities that make up Peace Regional Emergency Medical Services
(PREMS) agreed to sign over their assets, well in excess of the amount
the Town of Peace River has invested.
Joyce Sydnes, CAO for the MD of Peace #135, said they had no qualms
about the decision.
"We feel that's the right thing to do," she said, adding the taxpayers
paid for the assets and they are still being used for the taxpayers'
Paul Ramer, PREMS manager, said he had heard no concerns over
compensation from any of the communities that comprise the service.
In letters back and forth over the past two months, the two sides identified that a Peace River service would see advanced life support paramedics stationed at the Peace River Community Health Centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week along with the same being provided from the Peace River Airport. PCH said it would also offer employment opportunities to all existing Peace River ambulance personnel.
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