Calling all paramedics, we need your input in helping to shape how you practise in Ontario

Recently, SEIU has been approached by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) about potential changes to the way paramedics provide service in our province.

As the largest healthcare union in Canada, SEIU will submit its recommendations to the Council. Equipped with our stance, the Council will then make a recommendation to Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-term Care.

Before we respond, we would like to hear from you, our valued member.

The Council is considering suggesting paramedics and emergency medical attendants be regulated under the Regulated Health Professionals Act. Under the Act, a newly-formed College of Paramedics, similar to the College of Nurses, would determine your scope of practice, controlled acts, disciplinary measures, and titles authorized to the profession.

You would pay hundreds of dollars a year for your mandatory membership of the College of Paramedics. The college would handle all disciplinary measures, and you would lose your union representation.

Indeed, there is much to consider when preparing our submission to the HPRAC. Carefully read through the Council’s plans here. Then, please tell us what you think - your opinions are important to us.

Fill out a short survey by July 8, 2013; we will make our submission to HPRAC based on your feedback.