No rest for the wicked eh? I’m guessing ACH fed the Herald this one months ago and Scotland’s best known ambulance chaser, the man who heroically saved his own child with a Heimlich Maneuver just in time for the evening news, pops up, out-creepying even Uncle Anas, to tell the SNP to tell folk not to call an ambulance for a prank.
Yes, I suppose if you think there’s mileage in blaming Nicola for every damn thing that happens in Scotland, this story is no worse than many other fed to us by Anas, Dougie or Alex.
Today we read:
The Scottish Ambulance Service spent more than 70 days dealing with hoax calls in the past eight years, according to new figures.
A freedom of information request from the Scottish Lib Dems shows 1,690 hours have been spent on malicious calls since 2013-14 and 2020-21.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19809096.scots-ambulance-service-spends-70-days-dealing-hoax-calls/
Leaving aside what the evidence of a crisis in the ambulance service might look like, as Scotland’s emergency services continue to outperform the rest, it’s the Primary School arithmetic required to make this a story that annoys.
For some reason we don’t get to see what the figures are currently looking like. They’ve had to just try to worry us with the total over 8 years from 2013-14 to 2020-2021 (the pandemic period?).
So, first, 8 years, 1 690 hours gives an average of just over 211 hours in a year but it was 286 in 2017-18 so the average was less than 200 in the other years.
It was only 88 hours in the pandemic year, no surprise there, and in 2021-22, we don’t know yet.
Are you struggling to see what the Herald thinks is worth reporting here?
When the practice peaked in 2017-18 was the service in crisis then?
The Lib Dems must have been so disappointed with the data from the FOI but the Herald have shown them how you just keeping adding up for years until you get a bigger headline-worthy number.
Finally, up to 286 hours spent dealing with hoax calls in a year? Is that big, small, something else? What percentage might that be of all the hours all the staff spend on all the other things they do?
The SAS has 5 000 staff and 1 200 volunteers. Let’s give ACH the benefit of just counting the full-timers. So, 48 weeks at 37.5 hours = 1800 hours per year? Times 5 000 staff = 9 000 000 hours.
286 is 0.003%
Try not to swear.