From BBC Health today:
Nearly 100 members of the Army have been brought in to help four ambulance trusts in England look after patients.
High demand and staffing shortages mean they are being used to work alongside NHS staff.
Ambulance services in the South Central, South West, North East and East areas of England are being supported by the military.
The union, Unison, said it was a “sign things are not right” within the ambulance service.
The pressures on the ambulance service are not just down to the pandemic.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58281665
The report does not mention Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, far less report any opposition calls for his head. Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, was unavailable for comment.
Patients and absent staff are to blame.
Further down we read:
The Scottish Ambulance Service says it is under “significant pressure” because of the pandemic, but is not receiving military support.
Wales is not receiving military support.
Northern Ireland is being supported by private contractors, St John Ambulance, and the fire service. Some ambulance crews from the Republic of Ireland have also been helping out in the border area. However, the ambulance service has not had help from the Army.
Douglas Ross has suggested that not using Army staff is treason.