Paramedics believe fire and paramedic “optimization” plan falls short

SUDBURY, ON — Even though it’s being characterized as a Greater Sudbury fire and paramedic services “optimization” plan, “meaningful dialogue about enhancing paramedic emergency medical care doesn’t seem to be on the radar. And it most certainly should be since ambulance call volumes have increased significantly and fire calls declined. In a medical emergency only…

CUPE Ontario Letter to Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins re MOHLTC discussion paper “Patients First – Expanding Medical Responses”

February 08, 2017   Dear Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins: On December 19, 2016, a response to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) discussion paper entitled “Patients First – Expanding Medical Responses” was sent to your office, signed by both of us, on behalf of CUPE Ontario and CUPE Ontario’s Ambulance Coordinating Committee (CACO)…

Memorandum: Expanding Medical Responses CACO’s message to CUPE paramedics

MEMORANDUM TO:                  CUPE Ontario Paramedic Workers FROM:             Jeff van Pelt, Chair CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) DATE:              December 9, 2016 RE:                   Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Consultation Process on “Expanding Medical Responses Discussion Paper” On November 21, 2016 the MOHLTC issued a discussion paper entitled “Expanding Medical Responses Discussion Paper”. Stakeholders…

OPEN LETTER TO ONTARIO HEALTH MINISTER, ERIC HOSKINS: Response to W5 regarding paramedic certification and oversight

Dear Minister, As you are aware, Ontario paramedics are among the best trained, if not the best trained emergency first responders in the country. Each day paramedics across our province save many lives. It is highly unfortunate that a recent segment of CTV-W5 leaves viewers with a different impression, specifically that calling 911 is akin…

Everyday heroes celebrated on May 1, First Responders Day

May 1 is the national day to recognize the important work of first responders including paramedics, communications officers, nurses and other health care staff. Tens of thousands of them are CUPE members. We want to commend and celebrate them all as “everyday heroes”. For us, it’s not just on First Responders’ Day but throughout the…

Ambulance Communications Officer Recognition Week – April 11-18

Saving untold lives; recognition for EMS communications officers The vital work ambulance communication officers (ACOs) do every day with dedication and expertise, saves untold lives yearly. On behalf of CUPE’s 240,000 members in Ontario, we want to thank you this Communication Officer Recognition Week (April 11 – 18, 2016) for all your calm professionalism at…

CUPE paramedics welcome new PTSD Bill

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario government introduced a bill on Thursday that would see post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims by first responders automatically approved by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).  The move comes after years of effort by CUPE paramedics, other first responders and several attempts by the Ontario NDP to change legislation…