Scottish Ambulance Service (Recruitment and Retention)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 8 November 2023.

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Photo of Tess White Tess White Conservative

The £50 million is welcome. However, a freedom of information request revealed that more than 850,000 hours of overtime was worked by SAS staff between April 2022 and July 2023 at a cost of £24.4 million. Recruiting and onboarding ambulance service staff takes time. Can the cabinet secretary promise our overworked ambulance staff that they will receive better support this winter than they did last winter?