New ambulance staff in North-east

The Scottish Ambulance Service has recruited more staff in parts of the North-east.
The Scottish Ambulance Service has recruited more staff in parts of the North-east.
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A community drive has led the to the Scottish Ambulance Service recruiting 14 new staff in parts of the North east which were seriously understaffed last year.

Concern had been raised by local policitians and members of the public over the lack of first responders in the area.

It has been confirmed that staff have been recruited in several towns, including Ellon.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “Our teams have worked hard to recruit 14 new staff since January, deployed in Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banff and Ellon.

“A further two new members of staff will start their training in the coming months, bringing the area up to full establishment.”

The service has also received applications from volunteers to set up Community First Responder schemes in Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, had met with senior ambulance service officials following a number of concerns from constituents.

Mr Stevenson said: “I was delighted to hear that their national recruitment drive has been very successful and that they are working hard to fill vacancies within the service in the North East.

“They are also providing a comprehensive training programme for those joining up.”

Following mounting complaints, ambulance service officials carried out a detailed review of staffing levels in North Aberdeenshire to ensure appropriate standards of performance were met.