§ 73. Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Health the number of ambulance drivers now employed by local or other public authorities in the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex; and how many calls these drivers responded to in 1951.
§ Miss Hornsby-Smith
The latest returns from the county councils show that in Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, the councils employed 554 station officers, drivers and attendants at 31st March last, and that their staff dealt with some 350,000 patients in the preceding twelve months. Ambulance drivers and attendants are usually interchangeable. Many other patients were carried under arrangements made by the councils with voluntary organisations, including the Hospital Car Service, and the whole of the public ambulance service in West Sussex was provided in this way.