FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is directing Ambulance New Brunswick to immediately implement several changes with respect to the staffing of bilingual paramedics in the province.

“This announcement represents another step towards improving paramedic service in the province and prioritizing the lives and safety of New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “The implementation of these changes will improve the availability of trained and qualified paramedics currently in the system.”

The company is to proceed with the immediate implementation of the directives within the decision by adjudicator McEvoy, which include:

  • The elimination of the present approach to official languages competence when awarding a posted permanent full-time position as a temporary assignment.
  • A review of the level of demand for each official language for the paramedic positions that are subject to reposting because of the lack of qualified bilingual applicants.
  • A freeze on the reposting of such positions pending the review of the level of demand for each official language.
  • The selection of a candidate based upon seniority when reposting non “relevant” bilingual positions.

“The Department of Health does not object to the government proceeding with the judicial review of the adjudicator’s decision for the purposes of legal clarity,” said Flemming.

Ambulance New Brunswick provides air and land ambulance service throughout New Brunswick. It serves the province with a team of more than 1,000 health-care professionals, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and critical care flight nurses.