WINNIPEG - Manitoba paramedics in rural areas are quitting their jobs because of chronic understaffing.
Their union blames health care changes. Bob Moroz, president of the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals, says too many ambulances are sitting idle due to a lack of personnel.
Shared Health admits there's a problem but it says efforts are underway to recruit new paramedics so there's less overtime and on-call staffing.
Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, 85 firefighters and paramedics are off the job with COVID-19, although the city says response times are not being affected.