Armed Forces Deployed to help Scottish Ambulance Service
Armed Forces personnel have been deployed to help the Scottish Ambulance Service (Picture: MOD).
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Military Ambulance Drivers Due Behind The Wheel On Sunday

A total of 114 soldiers have been drafted in and will be based in the Glasgow and Edinburgh area.

Armed Forces Deployed to help Scottish Ambulance Service
Armed Forces personnel have been deployed to help the Scottish Ambulance Service (Picture: MOD).

Army personnel are expected to start driving ambulances in Scotland on Sunday, to help with the waiting time crisis. 

Military assistance was requested by the Scottish government, after reports that patients were waiting hours for paramedics to arrive.

A total of 114 soldiers have been drafted in and are being trained at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service based in Hamilton.

Additional military planners will be working in the ambulance service's regional hubs, while the Army is also preparing to send troops to help with mobile coronavirus testing units.

Colonel Anthony Philips, the Commander of the Joint Military Command for Scotland, said approximately two-thirds of the troops will then be based in the Glasgow area and the other third will be in the Edinburgh region.

Armed Forces Deployed to help Scottish Ambulance Service
Armed Forces personnel begin their ambulance driver training to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (Picture: MOD).

He added: "Our commitment will be in the region of about two months.

"It is all conditioned based and if there is a requirement to look at that and extend then that will be done in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence and Scottish Government."

Scotland's Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, during a visit to see soldiers being trained to drive the ambulances, thanked the military for their help.

He said: "I'm delighted that the Army responded in their typical fashion and I wanted to come down and personally thank those military personnel who really answered our call, with their support and their help."