According to the provincial government, key commitments in the 2022-23 provincial budget will see significant expansion in emergency care throughout Saskatchewan with a nearly $11 million funding increase. $7.3 million will go to support the stabilization of emergency medical services (EMS) with additional paramedics, ambulances, and funding in 27 communities across the province; particularly in rural, remote and northern areas.
“Our government is committed to getting emergency medical services for our residents back on track by addressing critical areas of need with a dedicated focus on rural, remote and northern communities,” Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley said. “EMS is a valuable part of our overall health care system, and we are grateful for the service they provide. This significant new investment with strengthen ambulance services in 27 communities across our province.”
Read the full news release here.
The following west central communities were involved: (Community, Ownership, Investment)
- Beechy; Not for Profit; Addressing funding gap for non-profit service
- Kyle; SHA; Increase in paid hours to staff current resources 8 hours a day /16 hours on call
- Macklin; SHA; Increase in paid hours to staff current ambulance 8 hours a day /16 hours on call
- Rosetown; SHA; Increase in paid hours to staff current resources 8 hours a day /16 hours on call