05/24/2012 04:57 EDT | Updated 07/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Manitoba Paramedics Say High Workloads Must Be Addressed In Government Review

WINNIPEG - The union that represents most Manitoba paramedics says its members are struggling with high workloads that must be addressed in a new government review.

The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union says some ambulance workers can work up to 24 hours straight, due in part to a shortage of ambulances and long waits to drop off patients at hospitals.

Union president Lois Wales says she hopes an external review announced by the NDP government will put more resources into the system.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald says a review is now underway to look for improvements to the province's emergency medical services.

Oswald says the government has added resources in recent years, including more paramedics, more training programs and a new ambulance helicopter.

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