Struggling ambulance trust considers using volunteer and military drivers
Paramedics ‘horrified’ as East of England trust consults on plan due to staff shortages
Well, using volunteer drivers is indeed commonplace in many other countries. Here in Portugal the local fire and ambulance is near all volunteer. Regular fund raisers to get the cash for fuel and equipment too.
What really interests here though is:
A senior paramedic at East of England Ambulance Services said they were “absolutely horrified” by the proposal for volunteer ambulance drivers, even for low acuity patients, adding that it showed how “desperate” the trust was ahead of the winter,
What’s the betting that our senior paramedic is in fact a union official? Horrified at the thought of the unpaid taking his members’ jobs?