§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the position under his regulations governing the provision of a second man to accompany the driver of an ambulance of the Scottish Ambulance Service sent out on emergency calls.
§ Mr. Ross
There are no regulations on his subject. It is the policy of the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide attendants to assist with stretcher cases wherever the workload justifies this. Attendants are employed at most of the main centres of population and double-manning will be extended or newly provided at a further 22 depots in the course of the next three years. In some areas, however, the employment of attendants is not justified by the number of stretcher cases carried. When he is going to an isolated house, it is the duty of the ambulance driver to ensure that local help will be available for strecher cases where no attendant accompanies him.