Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish National Party)
Under the terms of the UK Agenda for Change NHS pay modernisation programme staff, including ambulance crews, are entitled to a break during their shift and should not be disturbed during that period.
However, in an agreement reached in partnership with their trade unions, the Scottish Ambulance Service offer frontline operational staff the opportunity to make themselves available during their scheduled break. Staff who to choose to do so receive an annual payment as well as an additional payment each time they are called upon during their break.
It is the responsibility of the Scottish Ambulance Service to maintain operational cover and ensure continuity of service delivery to patients, while at the same time ensuring the wellbeing of staff.