No paramedic jobs will be lost in reorganization – Province

Budget provision calls for review of paramedic services

Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott says no paramedics will lose their jobs in a plan to streamline paramedic services.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) sounded the alarm on this late Monday after hearing of a budget provision to look at merging some of the paramedic services in the province.

The union representing paramedics called it a blindside, though little is known about the plan.

Both the union and AMO were concerned the government would move forward on this with little or no consultation.

Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott have since indicated there will be consultation and there may, in fact, be a need for more paramedics when all is said and done.

One of the main owners among paramedics is the differences they operate in different parts of the province, based on the needs of their communtiies and geography. They worry standardization of practices through consolidation might creat difficulties in some jurisdictions.