Air Ambulance Program – UPDATE
Alberta Health Services (AHS) will continue to work, in close consultation with communities and stakeholders, on a long-term air ambulance plan that will best meet the needs of patients and communities.
AHS signaled its intention in May to move a small number of medevac planes to different base locations as a way to match resources to demand, while at the same time improving the overall quality of medevac care offered to Albertans through the introduction of in-flight teams that could provide critical care to patients.
In health care, patients and people must always come first; when concerns were raised by communities, medical professionals and others impacted by the proposed changes to medevac services, AHS listened carefully to those concerns, and has responded.
AHS has cancelled the current request for proposals (RFP) for aviation and medical air ambulance providers. All current medevac aircraft will remain operating as they are now while a long-term plan is finalized. AHS is seeking contract extensions or new contracts where necessary, with all medevac providers to ensure continuity of service while the long-term plan is finalized.
When Albertans need medevac support, they will get the right response.
For more information, see our information update.