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Lucinda Cameron & Christina O'Neill

Ambulance staff desperately needed in Glasgow as trainee recruitment drive launched

The Scottish Ambulance Service is currently looking for trainee technicians as part of a new national recruitment drive.

The service has said it will be "accelerating" recruitment of staff to boost capacity amid current pressures on the system. A total of 356 front line paramedics, technicians and ambulance care assistants will join by March.

The ambulance service has been under strain in recent months and long waits for ambulances prompted the Scottish Government to call in the help of both the Army and firefighters to drive some non-emergency vehicles.

It comes after a man died in the stairwell of his tenement home in Maryhill following a five hour wait for an ambulance on the evening of November 6.

The Scottish Government has confirmed an investigation has been launched into the circumstances around the delay.

Between October and November, 179 new staff will have joined the Scottish Ambulance Service and a further 177 will be recruited by March 2022.

Scottish Ambulance Service chief executive Pauline Howie said: "We know that this is one of the most significant periods of pressure on the NHS since its inception. All parts of the system are under pressure and it's been tough out there for our staff and patients. Everyone is working so hard to help patients and our staff continue to do a fantastic job.

"We know that there will be little let up in those pressures over the next few months so we are accelerating our efforts to increase capacity and do everything we can to support staff. These new staff coming in will be a real boost.

"We continue to prioritise those patients who are most critically ill and staff continue to go above and beyond to save lives, with survival figures for patients in our most acute response category at their highest ever level.

"It is a real testament to their ability to deliver despite the wider pressures upon the system. For those lower acuity patients who do have to wait longer for an ambulance, we are trying to get to you as quickly as we can and I'd once again thank you for your patience."

Applications for the trainee technician job post can be made on the NHS website.

The new intake follows the recruitment and training of 210 staff over the last six months.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said new figures show there has been a rise in 30-day survival for patients within its most seriously ill response category, with latest data showing the number of people surviving is at its highest ever level.

It said that from January to May 2021, the 30-day survival data steadily rose month on month to a high of 50.4% of people in this category.

Ms Howie said the service is taking a range of actions to reduce waits, including working closely with NHS boards to address the hospital turnaround times and boosting staffing numbers through accelerated recruitment.

She added: "As we move into the winter period, we would ask the public to continue to use 999 wisely. If people have serious health concerns or symptoms, call 999. If your condition isn't life-threatening, you should call NHS24 on 111."

the coronavirus pandemic continues to put the NHS across the country under massive pressure, with the Army also providing assistance in some other health board areas and to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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