BRANDON — The Manitoba government is funding 10 new, full-time paramedic positions in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
The paramedics will begin working later this year and come at a cost of $1.4 million, with $2.8 million invested in each full fiscal year.
“A high quality, sustainable EMS system is foundational to the delivery of health services for rural Manitobans,” said Penny Gilson, CEO of Prairie Mountain Health, during an announcement Friday in Brandon.
“Paramedics today, working to full scope of practice, have allowed the shift of what was traditionally only done in hospital emergency departments into the backs of ambulances and in some instances into people’s homes.”
The province previously announced the addition of 35 full-time equivalent positions to be posted across the province as part of this year’s budget.