Paramedics staged demonstrations across the island of Montreal Wednesday morning. They were calling attention to concerns about a lack of ambulances on the road; a situation they say is a major risk for Montrealers.
They say 50 percent of ambulance calls are not answered within the government standard of 8 minutes and 59 seconds.
“Overnight sometimes we have a hard time getting 30 ambulances on the road; it’s really not enough,” union spokesman Yvon Bonasso said.
“At the moment we are 554 full timers on the job and we need at least 30 more ambulances on the road.”
Bonasso gave an example of a recent 911 call at a senior residence where one ambulance had to make four separate trips to bring victims to hospital.
He says union reps will meet with the health ministry Monday February 17, and will not take no for answer. He says they have been requesting the meeting for months.
Wednesday morning paramedics were stationed on the 40 west at Anciens Combattants on the West Island and on the 15 south at Sainte-Rose in Laval.
They were also at the Radisson, Angrigon and Montmorency metro stations.