Health and Community Services
September 11, 2018

Consultations to Begin on Emergency Health Services and Community Paramedicine Legislation

The Provincial Government will hold public consultations to help inform the drafting of new Emergency Health Services and Community Paramedicine Legislation. New, dedicated emergency medical services legislation will bring Newfoundland and Labrador in line with other jurisdictions, and increase accountability and establish provincial ambulance performance standards. Through the consultation process, the department will seek input on how to ensure the new legislation consolidates and improves existing legislation, allows for the adoption of national guidelines, improves system transparency and accountability, reduces regulatory confusion, and implements program standards.

In-person sessions will be held in five locations across the province:

Date

Community

Venue

Time

Monday, September 17

St. John’s

The Capital Hotel, 208 Kenmount Rd

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18

Corner Brook

The Quality Inn

64 Maple Valley Rd

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19

Grand Falls-Windsor

Mount Peyton Hotel

214 Lincoln Road

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 20

Gander

Albatross Hotel

114 Trans-Canada Highway

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday,

September 21

Happy Valley- Goose Bay

Nunacor

169 Hamilton River Rd Suite 100

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday,

September 21

Clarenville

Clarenville Inn

134 Trans-Canada Highway

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To register for a session or view the discussion guide, visit www.engagenl.ca.

Written submissions will also be accepted through www.engagenl.ca or may be sent through regular mail to the address below:

Emergency Health Services and Community Paramedicine Legislation
c/o Department of Health and Community Services
P.O. Box 8700
1st Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 28.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“Maintaining the integrity of ambulance services in our province is paramount. I am pleased to begin this consultation process so that we may hear from the public about what is important to them. As recommended by Fitch and Associates, this new legislation will help us achieve a modern and reliable road ambulance system, and help ensure the system establishes consistent standards and oversight.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“The Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking forward to the consultation with government pertaining to the new EMS and Community Paramedicine legislation. This new legislation will hopefully help pave the way for advancing the profession in the province and ultimately improving our patients overall health and outcome.”
Rodney Gaudet
President of the Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Learn More

The Way Forward - www.gov.nl.ca/thewayforward/

EngageNL - www.engagenl.ca

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Media contacts
Emily Timmins
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 693-1292
EmilyTimmins@gov.nl.ca

Rodney Gaudet
Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
1-855-561-3698
contactus@panl.ca

2018 09 11                              3:25 p.m.