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Paramedic union voices concern after code reds (update)

Local and provincial governments are being asked fill the gap in resources
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The union representing Waterloo Region paramedics is calling on local and provincial governments to assist in the lack of resources being offered to health care professionals.

On Tuesday night, a code red was issued in the region after no ambulances were available for emergency calls.

Two more code reds were issued on Thursday. The first took place at 5:50 a.m., and the second at 11:23 a.m.

The local union sent out multiple tweets regarding the alerts and pleaded with Regional Chair Karen Redman and Ontario Premier Doug Ford for more resources. 

"It's come to the sacrifice of the mental health of the paramedics," said Dave Bryant, Vice President of CUPE 5191, "Knowing that you are trained to intervene in life threatening situations and you can't."

Bryant added that the region is struggling to keep and recruit new paramedics. 

Guelph also declared a code red on Tuesday night after providing resources to assist Waterloo Region.

Ther recent alerts follow numerous code red's called in the region since the end of September.


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