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Four feared dead in British helicopter crash

Four people are believed to have died in a helicopter crash in the eastern England county of Norfolk on Thursday, according to local police. Police were called to the accident scene near the town of Beccles at 7.30pm local time (1930 GMT), according to Norfolk Constabulary. "The helicopter has been confirmed as a civilian aircraft and the four occupants on board are thought to have died in the crash," said a police statement. The identity of the occupants will be released after next of kin have been informed.

Prince Edward Island eliminates $150 ambulance patient transfer fee

CHARLOTTETOWN - A $150 fee that was charged to patients transferring from one hospital to another in Prince Edward Island has been eliminated. The provincial government says all ambulance transfers between hospitals will now be provided for free. Health Minister Doug Currie also says the government will introduce an ambulance dedicated to transferring patients between facilities. Currie says that ambulance will be able to transfer up to four patients at a time, beginning in early January. He says it will also free up other ambulances to respond to emergencies.

Health minister reviewing taking some ambulance work away from EMS

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is considering turning as much as one-third of the ambulance work being done by Emergency Health Services over to someone else, possibly private contractors. Health Minister Fred Horne says that would include inter-hospital transfers, which are often from long-term care facilities or nursing homes to hospitals for diagnostic tests. Horne says they've got to make sure they're using the right equipment and the most highly trained personal for emergencies.

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.

Six dead, dozens injured after Via Rail train, city bus collide in Ottawa

OTTAWA - Passengers aboard a double-decker city bus screamed "Stop! Stop!" as the driver plowed through a flashing level crossing and into a passing Via Rail train Wednesday morning, killing at least six people and injuring many more. The horrific collision sheared off the front of the bus and knocked the Via locomotive and one of four passenger cars off the tracks. Police confirmed six dead while several area hospitals were flooded with 30 patients, including 10 in critical condition.

Two dead in Dutch canal boating tragedy

Two people died after a German gas tanker ploughed into a pleasure boat on a Dutch canal on Monday, dragging it under water, emergency services said. Several dive teams, helicopters, ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene of the accident near Wemeldinge, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Belgian border. Four people were initially reported missing, but rescue divers called off the search after bringing a woman to the surface, who later died in hospital, and then the body of a man.

Three missing in Dutch canal sailboat tragedy

Three people were missing after a German gas tanker ploughed into a sailboat on a Dutch canal on Monday, dragging it under water, with one possible survivor taken to hospital. Several dive teams, helicopters, ambulances and fire engines were scrambled to the scene of the accident near Wemeldinge, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Belgian border. "The first casualty has been taken quickly to hospital," emergency services in the Zeeland region said in a tweet after rescue divers extracted someone from the wreck more than an hour after the accident.

Custom-designed ambulance delivers smooth ride to sick children in Calgary

CALGARY - Calgary is getting a special, new ambulance to transport its tiniest patients. The neonatal intensive care unit vehicle will be able to transport two children at a time between hospitals. The old ambulance used for infants only had enough space for one incubator. The new ambulance will also be able to carry four health-care workers, as well as onboard generators to keep medical gear working in case the vehicle breaks down. Alberta Health says it spent two years designing the ambulance. The $250,000 cost includes supplies and equipment.

Volunteers needed as BC Ambulance Service ensures consistent care in Stewart

STEWART, B.C. - The BC Ambulance Service says it is doing everything possible to deliver consistent service to the community of Stewart in remote northwestern B.C. Ambulance service spokesman Peter Thorpe's comments follow complaints from Stewart Mayor Galina Durant about a lack of local ambulance service in the district of 500 people from midnight Sunday until Monday afternoon, and the closest ambulance is more than three hours away.

Cannes ambulance crew beaten in Bulgaria, 6 arrested

A Bulgarian doctor who was a main figure in a documentary that scooped a prize at Cannes was attacked along with colleagues Saturday after they rushed in an ambulance to help a teenage girl in Sofia, police said. Around 20 attackers -- who appeared to be drunk -- kicked and punched Krassimir Yordanov and his ambulance team when they arrived to help the 15-year-old, Yordanov told BNR state radio. The crowd accused the crew of taking too long to arrive, he said, declining to say what injuries he or his team sustained. Police said six people were arrested over the incident.
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