Statement on Paramedic Services Week

Please read the following statement from Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, recognising Paramedic Services Week:

Happy Paramedic Services Week! The need for paramedics in Canada continues to increase, but their services are not being increased to match this need. When I met with Paramedic Association of Canada representatives in April, we talked in depth about staff retention and paramedic wellness. I was grateful to learn more about PSPNET, a service that provides cognitive behaviour therapy to first responders. At a time when many paramedics don’t make it to retirement, we need to increase funding for paramedic services and reduce the excess stress put on our brave first responders. Take a moment today to thank the paramedics in your life!”