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Finland faces shortage of paramedics

Finland's ambulance crews are facing a shortage of trained paramedics. New legislation requires ambulances also to be staffed with paramedical staff able to provide necessary medication and more demanding treatment to emergency patients en route to hospital.

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In the Northern Ostrobothnia hospital district, for example, estimates put the number of paramedics needed at around 100.

Ambulance services are arranged differently in many hospital districts. For instance in major centres such as Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Turku and Kuopio, rescue services provide a majority of required ambulance services. In other areas, the responsibility lies with the local hospital district.

Private ambulance services provide first aid services especially in remote areas. The provision of paramedic services will not be easy for them as only about 100 suitable trained paramedics graduate each year.

Training existing staff, however, will be an answer in many hospital districts.

 

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