Jul 20, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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Several Ontario municipalities say their paramedic services are under immense pressure, with times when no ambulances are available to respond to emergency calls.

The province has data on the time paramedics spend waiting in emergency rooms to transfer patients to the care of a hospital, but as of now the government has not released any of that information.

Some emergency officials and community leaders say more needs to be done to help paramedic services, but the lack of publicly-available provincial information makes it hard to assess the scope of the problem.

A spokesperson for Health Minister Sylvia Jones said the province doesn’t track that… because municipalities are responsible for ambulance deployment strategies.

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