Safety group in crunch ambulance talks

Scottish Ambulance Service.
Scottish Ambulance Service.

Community councillor Mary Melville and Fraserburgh and district councillor Brian Topping, both members of the local safety group, attended a meeting addressing ambulance waiting times last week.

The meeting, held last Friday, follows on from revelations that it took longer than 20 minutes to react to 47 life-threatening incidents in Peterhead last year.

At the meeting, Doctor Eilidh Whiteford MP and her MSP colleague Stewart Stevenson were told the Service is re-examing its practices as part of an ongoing review when they met with senior officials.

Dr Whiteford said: “Having studied the performance statistics and met with various constituents and community representatives over recent weeks, I very much share the concerns that have been expressed.

“We all very much value the work done by our hard working ambulance crews, in what can be extremely demanding circumstances.

“I am therefore absolutely committed to ensuring that they have the support and resources required to provide the quality of service which patients have the right to expect.”

Stewart Stevenson MSP added: “We need to get this right, and I welcome the commitment we received from the Scottish Ambulance Service for a full review of the demand profile in North Aberdeenshire.

“I also welcome the steps which they are already taking to increase provision in the area.”

Branding the current figures ‘unacceptable’, local community councillor Mary Melville told us that she was concerned what they meant for Fraserburgh.

“Right now, I would say they’re unacceptable, and, potentially, could be dangerous.

“We’re hoping to get the service improved and to find out why, firstly, the figures are so bad.

“With two two places next door to each other, both having bad figures, it means they’re less likely to be able to help each other out.”

A further meeting to discuss the issue is scheduled to take place in 12 weeks time.