Tibbs stands with paramedics, demands

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Tibbs stands with paramedics, demands Haggie recognize healthcare crisis
“The first step is recognizing the crisis. Next is to listen and take action. Minister Haggie: we need action now.”
Friday, August 27, 2021

(August 27, 2021) – Chris Tibbs, PC MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor – Buchans, yesterday attended a rally in support of the front line paramedics facing a crisis in Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthcare system.

Tibbs, himself a former paramedic, attended a rally led by paramedics and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) before the James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander on Thursday.

“Paramedics are a critical part of emergency response within our healthcare system, providing immediate care to those in need. They’re being pushed to their limits. Without enough staff and resources, paramedics are facing burnout that puts everyone at risk,” said Tibbs.

“Yet, Minister Haggie still refuses to acknowledge the crisis unfolding in our healthcare system. He seems to think that paramedics being unable to take leave to assist their mental health is just fine and needs no action. The paramedics of our province are just one of the groups crying out for support, and Haggie is ignoring their calls.”

Tibbs says Haggie needs to step up and listen to the voices on the frontline, who need the support of government.

“Whether it’s a paramedic who needs support, a nurse finishing yet another 24-hour shift, or a patient without a family doctor on hour ten of their wait in the emergency room, our healthcare system is facing a crisis at every level,” said Tibbs.

“The first step is recognizing the crisis. Next is to listen and take action. Minister Haggie: we need action now.” 

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