B-C Premier John Horgan says he was heartbroken by the recent death of an infant who was waiting for an ambulance in the central community of Barriere, and his “heart goes out to the family.”
The premier adds that his government had made what he calls a “significant investment” in rural and remote medical transport.
He says the province was already “conscious” of an ambulance shortage and had added ground and air transportation options in remote locations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Horgan says the province is also working with firefighters and the paramedics union to ensure first responders have adequate training.
He says there aren’t enough workers to provide the services British Columbians need, “and the only way to do that is to train more.”
Peter Milobar, the M-L-A who represents Barriere, says the infant’s death highlights the need for more ambulances across the province.