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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06163: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many ambulance journeys have been made in each year since 2010 where it has been known that the vehicle had not been inspected to ensure that it was (a) mechanically safe and (b) stocked with the full supply of paramedic drugs, material or equipment.

Answered by: Shona Robison 31 January 2017

All ambulance vehicles undergo rigorous maintenance checks above the manufacturer's guidance. There are also standard operating procedures in place to ensure the required drugs, consumables and equipment is available for all ambulance staff. In addition, the Scottish Ambulance Service has a process in place in which all ambulance staff are expected to complete a Vehicle and Equipment Check sheet before the start of their shift. This would include ensuring their kit bag is fully equipped. The Service is currently running a pilot in Edinburgh whereby the first 15 minutes of each shift would be used to ensure the Vehicle and Equipment Check sheet is completed fully.

The information requested is not held centrally as this is an operational matter for the Scottish Ambulance Service.