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It is vital Yousaf gets down to ­business with plans to tackle ambulance crisis


At Last there is a plan.

After the Daily Record took up the torch for Scotland’s beleaguered ­ambulance service staff and affected families it looks like the Government has finally paid attention.

After calling in the Army last week, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf is now ready to deploy firefighters to drive ambulances.

As a short-term solution it makes sense to have seasoned emergency professionals at the wheel.

Firefighters have specialist skills and we hope it helps sort out this crisis in the short term.

Bringing in paramedic students to the phone banks also eases the burden on under-pressure staff – and extra HALO liaison officers is a good idea to stop ambulances waiting hours at A&E.

Finding an extra £20million to fund the ambulance service is also a welcome move, with paramedics’ union Unite saying extra resources are vital to get more vehicles on the road.

Record readers have been quick to tell us about their nightmare waits for ambulances to arrive. And staff have come forward in droves to highlight the terrible pressures they are under.

So it is vital Yousaf gets down to ­business with these sensible and ­practical ideas to get waiting times down.

Our only criticism is this plan has been too long coming.

It is not as if the crisis was not ­anticipated.

The lights were flashing on the dashboard months ago as staff and trade unions warned that the service was straining to the limits.

But at least Yousaf has listened and is now acting.

We will be watching closely to make sure his plan works on the ground.

Rudderless ship

THIS shambolic Tory Government appears to have entered a phase of complete breakdown.

From the vegetables left rotting in the fields through a lack of harvesters and drivers to the botched evacuation of Afghanistan, this is a government that is not even clocked on for duty.

The latest crisis, a spike in gas prices which has knock-on effects on the production of CO2 and consequences for everything from food supplies to beer kegs, is the result of amateurs like Boris Johnson being in charge.

The CO2 shortage arose before yet no contingency was made to stop a repeat of the situation. The UK has among the smallest gas storage facilities in western Europe and no replacement for plants that closed down.

As a result of learning nothing this head-in-the-sand Government is doomed to repeat its basic errors. That raises the issue of whether it is fit to govern at all?

The obvious answer to that question is a resounding “no”.




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