A Hamilton paramedic could face a year in jail and a fine of up to 25 thousand dollars on a charge of failing to provide proper care to a patient.
It’s the first time the Ministry of Health has laid the Ambulance Act charge.
While the Ministry says the case is now before the courts, it would not provide specific information.
Court documents say the paramedic is accused of failing to assume the existence of a serious, potentially life threatening condition; failing to take vital signs as required and perform subsequent medical and trauma assessments.
Ontario Paramedic Associaition President Rob Theriault calls it’ deeply disturbing adding most
Ontario Paramedics aren’t aware they could be charged and possibly jailed or fined.
OPSEU Local 256 President Mario Pasteraro says this case will end a chill through the entire profession in Ontario. (Hamilton Spectator)