Lack of bilingual candidates sees Edmundston dropped from Advanced Care Paramedic pilot program

Trouble finding qualified bilingual applicants has caused New Brunswick's Department of Health to drop Edmundston from its  advanced-care paramedic pilot program.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says the program will proceed as scheduled in Bathurst, Moncton and Saint John with an orientation scheduled for the end of this month and advanced care paramedics hitting the streets sometime in mid-April.

Boudreau says choosing a replacement for Edmundston would have delayed rolling out the program.

An advanced care paramedics are able to perform certain procedures and administer some medications in the field and work with primary care paramedics on calls where advanced interventions on scene could lead to better patient outcomes.

(with files from the Daily Gleaner)