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Calgary Hospital Wait Times a Worry for EMS

CALGARY — Calgary Emergency Medical Services is still struggling to find enough staff, while continuing to spend twice as much time in hospital hallways as it would like.

Chief Tom Sampson said paramedics are spending about 30,000 hours a year waiting at hospitals, which costs the service about $2 million a year. Reducing the average drop time by half to 30 minutes would mean not needing to increase the number of people on staff for between 12-18 months, he told the city’s community and protective services committee Wednesday.

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