AmbulanceNB numbers show Belledune second-worst area in N.B. for response times

Recent figures from Ambulance New Brunswick show Belledune has the second-worst ambulance response times in the province.

The Telegraph-Journal reports that Belledune's ambulance has been unstaffed approximately 32 per cent of the time since April.

In areas like Belledune, paramedics are required to respond to emergencies within 22 minutes, 90 per cent of the time.

But the latest numbers show response has plummeted from 88.7 per cent in 2015-16 to 67.8 per cent in 2018.

Mayor Joe Noel says the numbers are proof that ambulance service in Belledune has continually deteriorated and that both government and AmbulanceNB have failed to fix the problem.

Medavie Health Services New Brunswick, the company managing ambulance service, says it's exhausting all efforts to ensure Belledune is staffed.

(with files from the Telegraph-Journal​)