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New ambulance posts are set to be introduced in the North region to reduce on call working On the Is

New ambulance posts are set to be introduced in the North region to reduce on call working On the Isle of Skye & Lochalsh.

 

As part of a £20m funding from the Scottish Government, the jobs will see new paramedics and ambulance technicians introduced to help reduce or eliminate on-call working and provide 24 hour ambulance cover at two stations, further boosting cover in the area. 


Three positions will be based in Broadford and two will be based at Fort William. The recruitment process has begun for all posts and those who are successful are expected to join their respective stations.


The additional funding is on top of the £20 million Scottish Government funding injection over the last two years. Additional ambulances and low acuity resources will also be introduced as part of the new resources to help meet current and projected patient needs through the Demand and Capacity programme. 


Alan Knox Area Service Manager for Lochaber and Skye said:


“This funding announcement for these additional posts is great news. The additional paramedics and technicians will help to ensure we can provide full cover in some of our stations on Skye and the Lochaber area “Broadford and Fort William will now see the same staffing as Portree with 24 hour cover eliminating On Call at these three West District locations,  “The welfare of staff is one of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s top priorities and the removal of on- call working will also improve the work/life balance for our staff.

 “These new measures will help to boost our capacity at a time when the NHS as a whole is facing unprecedented pressures, and will offer reassurance to communities across the region that we are investing in people and boosting our local resilience.”


Ross Cowie joint chair for the Urgent Care workstream added,


“ I would like to congratulate the management and staff of the Scottish Ambulance Service for the investment in service upgrades that have been made on Skye and in the West Highlands , particularly over the last couple of years given the challenges that we have all had to endure. Hopefully these developments will improve the job satisfaction for those working in the SAS at present and offer rewarding career opportunities to those considering joining. I would also like to thank them for their continuous dialogue and interaction with the community and although there is still work to be done this mutual respect can only lead to more confidence in a service which like our NHS is so fundamental to our being"

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