‘Bringing in the military has actually increased waiting times at some Scottish hospitals’

From BBC Wales today:

Paramedics fear they cannot do their job safely due to being forced to work with the armed forces on ambulances, a union has warned.

More than 100 military personnel were brought in to help the Welsh Ambulance Service cope with Covid pressures.

But the GMB said they provide “very little assistance”, put more pressure on the trained medics and that without action the service will collapse.

However the GMB also said its members are being threatened with suspension or disciplinary action if they raise the problems and “being bullied and forced to split from their regular trained crew partner to crew up with the untrained military”.

The deployments were announced last month, to work as non-emergency drivers on lower priority calls and free up ambulance resources for emergency calls.

But the union says military personnel are being sent to “emergency situations”.


BBC Scotland are not even linking to this story:

So, is all fine in Scotland? There is little being reported but on the 29th September the Daily Record did report:

The problems with the drivers have been confirmed by paramedics trade union Unite just days after they were brought in by Health Secretary Humza Yousaf as waiting times soared.

Paramedics have also warned bringing in the military has actually increased waiting times at some hospitals – as Army drivers drop off large numbers of non-emergency patients at hard-pressed A&Es.

Paramedics also fear patients could be put at “severe clinical risk” as a result of Army drivers being unable to use blue lights.

Last night, Unite’s convener at the SAS Jamie McNamee said: “These drivers can only be sent to non-emergency calls where ­otherwise patients may be waiting seven or eight hours for a response. But that puts them in the frontline.

“And when they get to the call, things may be different than they expect. It could be they are called out to someone with a severe asthma attack but when they arrive, a clinician ­realises the patient is having a heart attack.

“In that situation, it is a blue light to the nearest hospital – but the military driver can’t do it because he can’t drive with a blue light and the clinician can’t drive because he needs to remain in the back with the patient.


BBC Scotland did not pick up on this. They prefer the GMB, in Scotland, that is.

Isn’t is remarkable how little coverage this has had?

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3 thoughts on “‘Bringing in the military has actually increased waiting times at some Scottish hospitals’

    1. So the army are more a hindrance than a help. Scary that actual medics in Wales are forced to pair up with a novice from the Brit army rather than their medically trained colleague, which could mean the difference between life or death for an emergency patient. Why is that even being allowed? Very sinister.

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  1. Army Drivers
    Absolutely true
    Dreghorn Barracks was talking to Army Transport Qtr Master sharing a roll up of baccy with him, long time since i had seen him
    A Land Rover was entering the Barracks
    Loud crunching metallic noises as it past by
    He said “Oh for F**ks gotta go
    That one just had a complete new gear box put in,another idiot has blown it”
    ” You got no bloody idea just how useless
    Most of them are,lucky if we get 2000 miles out of a clutch in any motor,The B*****ds ride the clutch all the F****ing time instead using the Brakes at stops”
    I said how
    He replied “Cos Most of them pass their driving test with the Army ”
    Wonder how many Ambulances being mechanically out of action ?

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