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Meeting with SAS chiefs

March 28, 2017



Caithness, Sutherland and Ross SNP MSP Gail Ross says she is reassured following a meeting with Scottish Ambulance Service regarding challenges to ambulance provision in Caithness.


Ms Ross was speaking after meeting with the Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service Pauline Howie and North Director Mine Weir today (15/03).


During the meeting the service representatives said that they saw solving issues in Caithness as a priority.


They said that a review into the capacity issues had been completed and that they would begin to consult with ambulance staff on how best to move forward.


They also said that the Service would consult with the wider community as well.


Speaking after the meeting Ms Ross said…


“It was a positive meeting with the Scottish Ambulance Service. I impressed upon them the concerns of many in Caithness regarding ambulance cover and I welcomed the fact that they see solving these issues as a priority.


“It is now important that following their review that they listen carefully to the staff as well as the wider community on what the best way is to increase capacity in the service and allay concerns.


“Ambulance staff must speak freely when they are consulted on the review. They are best placed to know the issues and how best to solve them. At today’s it was made clear to me that their views will be listened to.


“Ambulance provision is vitally important for many and I look forward to a positive outcome being reached will include a lot of input from those in the community.

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