Sponsors: NCLGA Executive
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS the current model for delivery of air ambulance services for people in the north of BC is inadequate for providing timely access to specialized emergency medical services as required;
AND WHEREAS reliable air ambulance transportation in rural and remote communities in the far north of BC is key to the life-sustaining treatment and recovery of British Columbians:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to further support the development of a reliable air ambulance service that fully meets the emergency health care needs of all British Columbians.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has endorsed several resolutions that have asked for a higher quality of medical services in small communities (2012-B93), additional medical transportation services for rural communities (2012-B38), more funding and staffing for BC Ambulance Service to ensure timely responses throughout the province (2007-B50, 2007-B156), and smaller aircraft for BC air ambulances that can consistently access rural locations (1998-B98).
Prince George Citizen Newspaper article: www.nclga.ca/Files/HelicopterDebate_Medical.pdf (need to link pdf)