Alberta to use shuttles, taxis to transport some patients in effort to improve EMS

Canada Global (Web News) The Alberta government hopes to improve ambulance response times by transporting some patients via community shuttles and wheelchair-accessible taxis.

In order to free up certain ambulances and paramedics so they can answer to emergency calls more quickly, Premier Danielle Smith introduced a province-wide programme on Wednesday.

When it is clinically appropriate, she stated at a news conference in Calgary, “Alberta Health Services will use alternate modes of transportation for non-emergency transfers of patients instead of using ambulances starting today.”

It’s crucial that these highly qualified individuals to manage genuine emergencies rather than moving patients around.

For the past six months, the programme has been tested in a number of municipalities, including Calgary and a number of smaller towns like Athabasca, Bonnyville, and Valleyview.

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