149.26. Every regional council, every regional board or the institution to which Part IV.2 of the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2) applies shall submit to the Minister, who may approve it with or without amendment, a plan according to which the council, board or institution shall coordinate in its region or any part thereof, subject to the powers granted to the institutions, a pre-hospitalization emergency system including ambulance services.
The plan shall establish the procedures for evaluating and controlling the quality of the services provided by the staff assigned to the pre-hospitalization emergency system.
Furthermore, at the request of the Minister, the plan shall provide for the institution, for all or part of the region contemplated thereby, of a centre for the coordination of calls from persons and institutions requesting ambulance services. It shall indicate the procedure of operation of the centre and mention the entity responsible for its operation.
Such responsibility shall be offered first to a group comprising holders of ambulance service permits in the region or part of the region contemplated by the plan. If such a group does not exist, if the existing group, in the opinion of the regional council or regional board, is not representative of the permit holders concerned, or if there is no agreement between a group and the council or board, as the case may be, a body or institution designated by the council or board, as the case may be, shall be given the responsibility.
The plan may be revised at the request of the Minister.
For the purposes of this subdivision, “regional board” means a regional board established under the Act respecting health services and social services and “institution” includes an institution governed by that Act.
1988, c. 47, s. 2; 1992, c. 21, s. 344, s. 375; 1998, c. 39, s. 189.