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Paramedics bring message to Queen’s Park: Liberals should focus funding on enhancing ambulance services

OPSEU Paramedic members pose on the stairs at Queen's Park during a lobby day.
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OPSEU member paramedics participated in a lobby day May 3 at Queen’s Park. They were joined by paramedics from across the province to deliver a unified message to Ontario’s Liberal government: improve emergency medicine by enhancing Ontario’s paramedic ambulance services.

A morning breakfast event drew 30 MPPs, eager to meet with their constituents and to learn more about OPSEU and CUPE’s joint response to a recent proposal from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The plan, which would allow municipalities to assign work now done exclusively by paramedic services to fire departments, ignores what our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) really need.

A new “handimation” video, jointly produced by OPSEU and CUPE, was released at the event, and with it, a five-point proposal for enhancing paramedic ambulance services.  

Working in small teams, members met with more than 40 MPPs throughout the afternoon, and were met with a hugely positive response.

For pictures from the event, see below.