AMBULANCE SERVICES ON LIFE SUPPORT FOR THE FESTIVE PERIOD

The union representing Scottish ambulance workers warned today that lives are being put in danger due to poor planning and dangerously low staffing levels. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health service trade union, said that ambulance technicians and paramedics are repeatedly being asked to work excessively long hours without breaks. Scottish Ambulance Service UNISON Branch Secretary, Stevie Gilroy, said that despite the recurring upsurge in incidents and accidents resulting in ‘999’ calls at this time of year there isn’t a mirrored increase in crews or vehicles on the ground. Stevie said: “Only last week we saw at one point what was close to a 50% increase in calls, but no additional resource