Granby: the project of sustainment community falls in the water

Granby: le projet de paramédics communautaires tombe à l'eau

GRANBY – It’s the disappointment in the ambulance to Granby after it was learned that the project to sustainment community will finally see the light of day in this sector of the Montérégie region.

Launched in 2018 with the support of the local member of parliament, François Bonnardel, the project should allow a paramedic in a car unmarked responding to non-emergency calls, directing the patient to the right resource and thus reduce the number of transports by ambulance.

To add to their frustration, the integrated Centre of health and social services (CISSS) for the Montérégie region-the Centre has decided to implement it in the cities of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Longueuil, rather than Granby.

Another inconsistency denounced by paramedics: the fact that the guidelines and the budgets are determined by the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre, while the company serves institutions in the CIUSSS of the eastern Townships-CHUS.

During the pandemic, an ambulance was added 12 h to 20 h to meet the needs, but this is no longer the case for the last few weeks.

With three day shifts and two night, the service responds to nearly 10,000 calls per year.

The population is ageing and requests for transfers between hospitals are increasing. In 20 % to 25 % of the cases, we are told that these are the services of the neighbouring municipalities must take over.

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