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Paramedic services in Eastern Ontario need aid: Wardens Caucus

Politicians are sounding some alarms on the state of paramedic services in Eastern Ontario. 

A report from the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus says another 15 million in tax dollars is needed annually to get services into better shape.  

The overview report, released Thursday, says that influx would lead to more favourable service performance levels. The document examines ways to address increasing calls for ambulance services and increasing off-load delay times at hospitals.  

The report also addresses workloads that are no longer sustainable; it says “unscheduled overtime is on the rise and paramedics are oftentimes requested to work extra-long shifts. This, with few if any breaks between calls.” 

The Wardens Caucus, made up of leaders from 13 Counties, including Renfrew and Hastings, says it will share the findings with the Ontario government to lobby for improvements.  

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