MSP calls for new paramedics to work in Grampian

20 December 2016

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has called on the Scottish Government to take action to prevent further shortages of paramedics in the Grampian region.

Following recent media reports regarding staff shortages on recent shifts, and concerns expressed by members of the GMB and Unite unions, Lewis Macdonald has written to Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP to call for urgent measures to be taken to ensure that Grampian has enough paramedics on duty.

Lewis said :

“The news that the Grampian region often faces a shortage of paramedics will be a cause of great concern to members of the public.

“It is vital that SNP Ministers take urgent action to address this shortage and to ensure that there are enough paramedics working in Grampian to serve the needs of the region.

"Shona Robison announced in July that an extra 200 paramedics were to be trained across Scotland, and I have written to her today to urge her to ensure that a significant number of these are trained and employed in Grampian.

"More paramedics are needed across the country, but nowhere more so than in Aberdeen and Grampian.

"The Scottish Ambulance Service is a nationwide service, and it is essential it is able to meet the needs of every region."

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