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Ambulances (Single Manning)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has figures to show the extent of single manning of ambulances in (a) the Tayside Region and (b) Scotland; and what estimates he has of the cost of eliminating this method of working.

Figures supplied by the Scottish Ambulance Service, for day shift vehicles only are as follows:

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To eliminate single manning in Scotland would, it is estimated, cost about £2 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy towards the on-call system and single manning of ambulances in Scotland; and when he expects to eliminate the need for these methods of working.

It is the intention of the Scottish Ambulance Service to eliminate both systems of working, so far as practicable, when financial circumstances allow.