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Paramedics Act Introduced Today

first_img The College of Paramedics’ governing council will consist ofeight professional members, four public members and, during thefirst two years, two doctors and a registered nurse. The councilwill have the authority to implement and enforce registrationrequirements and practice standards, and address the concerns ofpatients through a complaints process. All paramedics throughout the province will be members of thecollege, once it is established. The Department of Health currently operates a registration systemfor paramedics who provide services through contractors ofEmergency Health Services as well as other paramedics who seekregistration. The provincial medical director for EmergencyHealth Services currently manages this system. Under the proposedParamedics Act this authority will be transferred to thegoverning council. Safer patient care is the goal of legislation introduced today,April 20, by Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. The proposed legislation protects the public by requiring thatparamedics meet standards set out by a self-regulatedprofessional body. It also establishes a College of Paramedicswith the legislative authority to regulate the practice ofparamedicine. “The government is firmly committed to ensuring all Nova Scotianshave access to highly trained and competent health-careproviders, including paramedics,” said Health Minister AngusMacIsaac. “As is the case with other health professions, we wantto ensure paramedics meet specific quality standards.” “We are pleased the government has taken this action,” saidMichael Kellock, president of the Nova Scotia paramedics’professional association. “Our organization has been workingtowards the creation of this legislation over the past number ofyears. We commend the Department of Health for ensuring our voice – and the voices of other health professionals — is reflectedin the legislation.”last_img read more