Dial 999 and get NHS 24
Non-urgent 999 calls are to be passed to NHS 24 for telephone triage rather than having an ambulance sent out. No doubt NHS 24 will redirect them back again.
Already the popular press are up in arms.
PATIENTS’ lives could be put at risk under plans to divert some 999 calls to the NHS 24 helpline – The Scotsman
Opposition politicians raised fears yesterday that the move would confuse patients and potentially delay emergency treatment for seriously ill people – The Herald
Under the controversial plan, thousands of patients calling for an ambulance would instead receive a phone call to assess the situation before a decision would be made to send an ambulance. – The Evening Times
Is a merger on the cards? A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said:
“There are no plans to amalgamate the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS 24 – BBC
Better watch out guys – that’s as good as saying it’s going to happen.
P.S. A number of regular commentators to this blog have mentioned that SAS are planning to shut all the stations and have crews out on cover – sounds very reminiscent of Staffordshire under Roger (insane) Thayne. I couldn’t find anything about this on the web – has it not been officially announced yet? Can anyone send me details?