Health

Brady report released (09/05/28)

NB 748

May 28, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government released this morning the Brady report, formally known as An Inquiry into the Events Affecting Ambulance Service on April 2, 2009, in Fredericton Junction.

Health Minister Michael Murphy made a statement in the legislature about the report, written by Richard Brady, manager of the investigation unit for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

"I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to Mr. Brady for his time and dedication in completing this comprehensive review of the incident and the circumstances surrounding it," said Murphy. "I thank him and the stakeholders who provided input. Those who contributed will help improve our ambulance service for all New Brunswickers."

The Brady report is a situational review of a tragic incident that occurred April 2. Ambulance New Brunswick received a 9-1-1 call for a patient in Fredericton Junction. An ambulance arrived 57 minutes later. The 14-year-old patient could not be resuscitated when the ambulance arrived.

"My department commissioned this report to bring to light any service deficiencies and weaknesses that led to this delay so that they may be corrected," said Murphy. "Mr. Brady has provided a thorough review of what deficiencies in the system contributed to this delay and has made recommendations for improvements that could help ensure similar incidents do not occur."

Brady's technical report will be available on the Government of New Brunswick website once it has been translated.

The report concluded that there was a preventable delay in the ambulance response time.

It concluded that the major contributing factors that led to the delay were related to:

The report also pointed out the lack of a formal tiered / mutual aid response plans with municipal fire departments.

Brady requested that consideration be given to his recommendations relating to:

The report has been sent to Ambulance New Brunswick, which has already made a number of improvements as a result of the incident and of its internal review. Ambulance New Brunswick will now be responsible for implementing any further necessary changes to help prevent a similar incident from happening. Ambulance New Brunswick has made the following improvements:

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MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.

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