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Use time to get any ambulance changes right

Falling one vote short of the needed four, the Wichita City Council’s failed 3-2 attempt Tuesday to terminate a 13-year agreement with Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service was a good outcome. It unofficially starts a conversation with Sedgwick County about possibly allowing private ambulance service within Wichita for nonemergencies, while extending the annual city-county agreement another year, through December 2017. The meeting’s lengthy discussion confirmed how much there is to talk about in renegotiating the city-county partnership, starting with what’s best for patient care countywide. – Rhonda Holman