The big change is the implementation of the “rural paramedic,” an approach launched by the previous government in 2017, where part-time and on-call paramedics receive full-time work, include home calls and work with residential facilities in small towns. The new three-year collective agreement is the first collectively negotiated, self-sustaining collective collective agreement for BC Paramedics and Dispatchers since 2004. It contains 2% pay increases, hundreds of new regular paramedics across the province, and a series of new health and safety initiatives. It also ensures that the new requirements of the Labour Standards Act are met or exceeded by the end of March 2022. The new agreement will be implemented retroactively to April 1, 2019 and many changes will be implemented immediately or in the coming months. B.C. Emergency Health Services has also introduced a new dispatch protocol for 9-1-1 calls, which has proved controversial in some municipalities. In response to an increase in emergency calls such as injury-free vehicle accidents, distributors allow distributors to prioritize available ambulances and allow paramedics to treat and release patients rather than put them in emergency. Rural parmedicine began in spring 2017 as a pilot project in Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Hardy, Cortes Island, Fort St. James, Hazelton, Chetwynd, Creston and Princeton. It has been implemented in 70 municipalities, where the hiring and hiring of on-call or part-time paramedics has been difficult. Fraser Lake and Central Kootenay Regional District sent decisions to the town hall last week and argued that the change is taking already thin ambulance services away from rural communities to meet demand in urban centres.
They called for more intervention from volunteer firefighters and rescue associations to respond to calls. B.c. Paramedics have been working without a union contract since April 1, 2019. (Black Press Media files) According to their union, B.C paramedics have secured hundreds of new positions and additional stability to work in rural areas under a new three-year contract with the province.