More Dollars for BC Emergency Health Services
Prince George, B.C.- The Province has announced it is boosting the budget for the BC Emergency Health Services but the details on where those services will be delivered have yet to be determined.
BCHES will get an additional $91.1 million added to its budget over the next three years, plus $4 million in immediate funding for equipment such as carbon monoxide monitors, stretchers, safety kits and visibility gear.
The extra dollars are supposed to be used to improve emergency response in rural and urban regions by providing more ambulances, paramedics and dispatchers.
Exact locations have yet to be finalized for the additional ambulances, but so far, BCEHS says 6 of them will be stationed in the Lower Mainland “along with additional resources in the Interior.”
To improve rural services, BCEHS will expand the capacity of air ambulance service in the northeastern part of the province, add more permanent part-time and full-time paramedic positions and offer enhanced training and roles for paramedics. Specific allocations and locations are still to be determined.
Rural areas can also expect more stable paramedic staffing, as a new hourly wage comes into effect in April for part- time paramedics and other front line employees.