Speyside Ambulance station to return to 24/7 operations

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A MORAY AMBULANCE STATION that was subjected to reduced manning will return to 24/7 operation in the near future.

The move at the Dufftown Ambulance Station was revealed yesterday after extensive local campaigning led by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead.

It followed a visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, to Elgin at the invitation of the Moray MSP. During that visit she met with local ambulance staff and discussed how the service could be improved in Moray.

Following the confirmation that £80,000 was to be invested in the Dufftown station that would allow it to once again handle emergency calls around the clock, Mr Lochhead said: “Investment in our local ambulance service, allowing for an end to on call working at Dufftown Ambulance Station, is hugely welcome and is a big step forward in the campaign for additional resources in Moray.

“There’s been real pressure on our local ambulance service in recent years, with overstretched crews creating stressful working conditions for staff.

“I recently organised a meeting between local ambulance staff and the Health Secretary in Elgin where the staff made a powerful case for additional resources. This news so soon after that meeting is hugely welcome and will undoubtedly improve working conditions for staff and the care received by patients.

“I hope that the Scottish Ambulance Service will continue to look at ways they can expand the service in Moray, in particular I will be continuing to press for new additional ambulance resource based in Elgin.”