Brockville – The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville got word on Monday from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has the intent to reduce 52 ambulance/paramedic services to 10 through restructuring.
The counties have been providing a paramedic/ambulance service since 2001 when the Province downloaded the service to municipalities. Municipalities with-in Leeds & Grenville have invested millions of dollars to improve the level of service over the years..
According to a media release sent out on Wednesday, Counties Council and senior staff are shocked by the news, as there has been no readily available information on the government’s plan to do restructuring, how it was determined, its governance model and funding matters.
Currently there are ongoing discussions between the government, AMO, and the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is pleased to hear the government will be meeting with the key stakeholders.
In the press release, Paramedic Service Chief Chris Lloyd said he wants to reassure the residents of Leeds and Grenville that the Paramedic Service will continue to delivery excellent and critically important care to our communities and that as more information becomes available, we will keep our stakeholders informed.
It is anticipated that over the next days, weeks and months more information will be received regarding the government’s restructuring plan., according to the release.
No word yet from our MPP, Steve Clark on this issue. When we here something we will update this news story.