Quebec air ambulance flights will allow parents of children being transported

Parents will be allowed on Quebec air ambulance flights.

The regional health board made the announcement on Friday.

It's the only for people in Nunavik's more than a dozen commnunities in northern Quebec to secure emergency care. 

Health minister Gaetan Barrette made a promise to make it happen. 

"He did make this promise a number of months ago, but the process hadn't come without a lot of criticism. Now, just to give a bit of background, parents and medical professionals had been saying... that leaving chlidren alone while they're in a medical crisis can be extremely traumatizing. Before, Quebec was the only province in the country to not allow a parent to accompany their child on medical evacuations", reported CTV's Amanda Kline.

Parents were not allowed to be with the children because of space restrictions in the medical jets.

The Indigenous commnunity criticized Barrette just last week for saying parents could still be barred from accompaniment if they were under the influence.

The comment was described as racist and there've been calls for the minister to resign, but he resisted.

Barrette, who later apologized, said the comments were taken out of context.