Firemedic Model Wrong for Ontario

RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ - SEIU Healthcare is expressing its concern regarding the latest announced plans proposed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to pilot the fire-medic model.

"We understand that changes to enable a fire-medic model are coming to Ontario on a pilot basis, we also understand that the Paramedics scope of practice is being expanded, however, there is very little evidence to suggest that using firefighters for expanded emergency medical response is the right path moving forward to providing Emergency Medical Care here in Ontario," said SEIU Healthcare Executive Board Member, Chris Stolte.

"We are confident that these pilots will demonstrate what we already know to be true. The best way to provide prehospital emergency care is through the experienced paramedics of this province," said SEIU Healthcare President, Sharleen Stewart.

SEIU Healthcare is standing behind Ontario's Paramedics because of the critical role they play in providing efficient Emergency Medical services across the province.

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care.

SOURCE SEIU Healthcare

For further information: For media inquiries, contact: Grace Ghunaim, SEIU Healthcare, 416-689-7944,


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