One of the things I love about doing talk radio, is that we can take you behind the headlines and give you the unfiltered facts of the story.
Case in point was this week’ s story about the Provincial government giving the City $17.4 million toward the cost of land ambulance service.
Of course it’s always good news when the City gets financial help, but the photo-op was really a re-announcement since the Province had already committed to 50/50 funding for ambulance.
Consider also, that this money will only maintain the status quo for our ambulance service.
Well, status quo includes an unacceptably high number of Code Zero events, in which there is only one, or sometimes no ambulance available to respond to an emergency call.
Yesterday on our show, we told you that Hamilton had experienced a number of Code Zero events over the last few weeks .
We also told you that because of the stressful nature of their work, paramedics have one of the highest rates of sick time, which puts even more stress on the system.
So, the real story is not that the Province made good on its previous promise for funding; the real story is that we continue have an ambulance system that is underfunded and stretched to the limit.
And that’s not a good news story.