Sask. paramedic on psychological injury leave warns of mental health impact of strained system – CBC

Advanced care paramedic says they often field over 100 calls per day in Regina.

Nov 18, 2022

When Samuel Colin was a teenager, his father’s alcoholism became so serious that Colin wanted to have the proper medical training in case the worst happened.

Colin trained to be a paramedic at 19. Today, at 25, he is an advanced care paramedic based in Regina.

The job has become more difficult than he ever could have imagined back when he was simply a concerned teenaged son.

Saskatchewan is facing a provincewide shortage of ambulances, as well as long wait times for EMS responses, according to the province’s largest health-care union.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) told CBC in an emailed statement in late October that both it and Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health are aware that there are times where call volumes may exceed anticipated and planned-for staffing levels.

Colin paints a more troublesome picture.

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