Providers are sounding the alarm to Congress
Emergency medical service providers across the US are sounding the alarm that a shortage of medical workers has hit “crisis” levels in many areas, warning Congress that the problem is reaching the point that it threatens the 911 system. Is.
The American Ambulance Association sent a letter to House and Senate leadership saying that “the nation’s EMS system is facing a serious workforce shortage, a long-standing problem that has been building up for more than a decade. This is likely to undermine our emergency.” Threats 9-1-1 is infrastructure and deserves immediate attention by Congress.”
“The magnitude has really increased over the past few months,” said American Ambulance Association president Sean Baird. NBC News. “When you take a system that was already fragile and scale it up because you didn’t have enough people entering the field, you put a public health emergency and all the extra burden on our employees as well as labor. The whole economy is in shambles, and it has put us in a really bad position.”
“We’re not just facing a crisis, we’re in it,” Waldoboro, Maine, town manager Julie Keizer told News Center Maine.
Keizer told the outlet that a primary cause of the crisis in his city is the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for medical workers, which includes ambulance services. “With the mandate coming, our service is looking at losing three people, other services are looking at losing people and that adds to the problem.
“I think part of the problem is that everyone thinks they (workers) will conform because nobody wants to lose their job,” she said. “But when you look at the rate of pay for emergency workers, they can make more delivery packages than patients.”
Deborah Clapp, executive director of Western Mass Medical Services in Massachusetts, also pointed to the burnout of low-wage and overworked skeletal staff as a driving force behind people leaving ambulance services.
“What happens if some sort of disaster happens? And a disaster in western Massachusetts doesn’t need to be huge,” she told Granthshala 6. “We need all these logistics to be able to try and handle these incidents. In the meantime, 911 is still being called for heart attacks, childbirth, car accidents. … we have There is a trauma center in western Massachusetts. A Level One Trauma Center.”