Proposed New Jersey Bill Would Put All EMS Under State Control

Establishing a single professional standard, advocates argue, would guarantee that all patients receive a uniform level of care


 
 

Anthony Vecchione, NJ Spotlight | | Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has passed a bill that would hold all of the state's emergency medical services -- including EMTs -- to a single professional standard. It would also put the New Jersey Department of Health in charge of all EMS statewide.

The proposed measure changes the status quo in several ways, requiring, for instance, that volunteer EMTs be licensed and that they pass background checks.

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