10/07/2013 03:54 EDT | Updated 12/07/2013 05:12 EST

Review makes recommendations to improve Newfoundland ambulance service

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A review of ambulance service in Newfoundland and Labrador has made 10 recommendations for improvement, including creating a single agency to administer the program and having a central dispatch system.

The review, done by consultants Fitch-Helleur, was commissioned by the province in hopes of improving efficiency, particularly in remote and rural areas.

Health Minister Susan Sullivan says the government now wants to discuss the findings of the review with people including patients.

The current ambulance system costs the province more than $56 million annually to operate.

The government says there are 171 ambulances in the province.