THINKING OUT LOUD WITH SHELDON MacLEOD: Nova Scotia paramedics and their own Critical Code


For the past few years, the Nova Scotia Paramedics Union has been sounding the alarm about the shortage of available ambulances. It’s something they call Code Critical and it gets even more acute, says the business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727.

Kevin MacMullin told the Legislature Public Accounts Committee this week that paramedic services are currently a failed system. MacMullin says burnout and stress are huge issues that create a cycle of stressed outs and added pressure because members are away. He adds that certain things would help with recruitment and retention, and compensation is a big part of that.

Sheldon MacLeod has been a broadcast professional for nearly 30 years. Eyewitness to the transition from 45s and tapes to CDs, MP3s, computers, websites, blogs and the global web. And across all of technology, one thing remains constant: the satisfaction of sharing captivating stories with other humans. The responsibility to know better is to do better. Sheldon is based in Halifax, NS. Contact Sheldon at [email protected].

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