23 Aug
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Kris Austin uncovers rural response data from Ambulance NB not accurately reported

The People’s Alliance has great concern over ambulance response times in rural areas of the province. According to Ambulance New Brunswick’s contract there is a standard of under 22 minutes from the time of a 911 call to the ambulance arriving on the scene, 90% of the time in rural areas. However, documents obtained by the party reveal that there are eight exemptions to that rule, including the distance an ambulance may have to travel. This means that if an ambulance which is normally stationed in a small community has to cover for a larger urban center then the response time does not count towards the 22 minute rule. As a result, data disclosed by ANB is not accurate and greatly skews the information provided to municipalities and the public.

“There is no doubt that many emergency calls for an ambulance in rural areas are not meeting the 22 minute mark”, says Party Leader Kris Austin, ” Some people in rural communities are waiting 30 minutes and sometimes an hour during an emergency situation. This is completely unacceptable and goes to prove our point that New Brunswicker’s are continuing to lose critical services while at the same time paying some of the highest taxes in the country. In this case, lives are literally at stake.”

The People’s Alliance is calling on Ambulance New Brunswick to (be) more transparent by posting the type and amount of exemptions (within their policy). This will give a more accurate picture of response times in rural areas. The party is also demanding that the Department of Health, which monitors the contract with ANB, to hold them to a higher standard by removing the “distance” portion of response times that exceed contractual standards.
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