October 22nd, 2020

Lethbridge-East MLA confirms support for local EMS dispatch


By Jensen, Randy on September 30, 2020.

Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf is confirming his support for local EMS dispatch in light of recent plans by Alberta Health Services to end its contract with local emergency service operators in Lethbridge. Herald file photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf is confirming his unwavering support for local EMS Dispatch in light of recent plans by Alberta Health Services to end its contract with local emergency service operators in Lethbridge, the RM of Wood Buffalo, Calgary and Red Deer.

“Since being elected, I have consistently worked towards one goal: the full recognition that Lethbridge is the hub of Alberta’s most southern region,” Neudorf said in a statement released to local media. “This fact should be the foundation for strategic planning and targeted capital investment in the region, whether it is for agriculture, food processing or health care.

“Having Lethbridge retain its integrated EMS Dispatch is something I have had a number of conversations with the Minister of Health about, and will continue to do so.”

In response to some criticisms he has not been publicly vocal enough on the issue, Neudorf goes on to state his belief it is by working behind the scenes that he is most effectively advocating for his constituents to ensure local EMS dispatch remains in the community.

“In my experience, public confrontation is the least effective form of resolution and negotiation,” he said. “That’s why I have sought to build relationships and understanding, with the goal of obtaining the best possible outcomes for every resident in Lethbridge and area.”

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro is currently considering whether or not to intervene, as four previous Alberta health ministers have done, to overturn the AHS decision to end its contracts for local dispatch services in Lethbridge and the three other affected communities.

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