Friday, 19 December 2014
Both the SAS and the representatives of our Community Council who were involved when the scheme was set up have always agreed that it would need a minimum of six people to work effectively. At no time has this number been achieved. As a result, a few have borne the burden of keeping this service, which is so vital to our community, alive.
As of the beginning of NewYear 2015, we are likely to be down to two ERs. Since the ERs have to attend emergencies in pairs, this means that these two will be on duty 24/7. This is utterly unacceptable. Not only does it put immense pressure on these two good people, but it means that, if one of them were to resign - and they'd have very good cause to - West Ardnamurchan would be without emergency medical response: we would have to rely on ambulance and paramedic cover from Strontian, over an hour away.
The belated Scottish Ambulance Service reaction to this dire situation has been to publish adverts for Emergency Responders, both locally and nationally. While it might be possible to attract applicants from outside the area - they would have to come and live here - our only real hope for the scheme is that people suitably qualified within the community will apply.
The Community Council is therefore appealing to anyone who has medical qualifications to consider applying for one of the vacant posts. The SAS advert - here - gives full details.