Date lodged: 3 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve ambulance cover in the far north.
Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2017
The Scottish Government fully recognise the vital frontline role the Scottish Ambulance Service plays which is why we have provided a 1.5% uplift in its budget for 2017-18, equating to a £3.4m increase. I also recently announced additional funding of £6.3m to help the Service move forward delivery of its strategy in 2017-18.
In line with our commitment to see 1000 more paramedics recruited to work in the community by the end of this Parliament, the Service introduced 52 new posts throughout the North of Scotland in 2016-17. The Service recently announced increased investment in Caithness following a review which showed a rise in patient transfers in the area. This highlights the Services commitment to continuously review demand and capacity throughout the country to ensure it continues to deliver a high level of care to patients.