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Ontario looks to give paramedics new powers, experiment with 'fire medics'

from CBC News

The province's proposed overhaul of the Ambulance Act could change where paramedics are allowed to take patients in mental distress or who have minor injuries, and in some cases who shows up for a 911 call in the first place. The act, which dates back to 1990, only allows paramedics to transport patients to hospital facilities. "We want to give them more latitude. There may be a better places than a hospital E-R," said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's minister of health and long term care. more

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