Non-emergency callers could wait longer for medical care in B.C.
People calling 911 in non-emergency situations could soon wait longer for medical help as changes proposed to the provincial ambulance service’s rules could mean firefighters and municipal first responders stop answering over a third of medical calls.
The change would be included in the second phase of a sweeping overhaul of the response protocols of the B.C. Ambulance Service first enacted last fall. Known as a Resource Allocation Plan, it meant dozens of 911 calls were downgraded from emergency status, leading to slower responses without lights and sirens.
JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI Reports
Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic