DON'T CALL 911. IT'S BUSY.
THE FORD CONSERVATIVES IN ONTARIO have plans to cut back on ambulance services. A leaked document suggests that they could save $200 million by consolidating 50 paramedic services into 10 run by a central commission.
That sounds good. Save money and cut red tape, right? Unless you happen to live outside the city core in suburban, exurban or rural areas. If you do, you are going to lose your local paramedic service. You’ll have to call into the hub. It might go like this.
“Hello, 911 Emergency.”
“Help, I need an ambulance. There’s been an awful accident.”
“Well, that might take some time. We’re managing multiple emergencies and we estimate the wait time to be half an hour. Call back later for an update.”
“But Doug Ford said he was for the people.”
“I guess he didn’t mean you.”
Cutting ambulance and paramedic services will mean a loss of local control, almost certainly job loss, and longer wait times in the case of accidents and emergencies. Tell us again how that is going to help people.
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