Health Secretary Praises Staff

 Friday 1 August 2014

NHS Scotland staff have “played a vital role in helping make the Commonwealth Games a massive success”, Health Secretary Alex Neil said today.

Mr Neil was visiting the Scottish Ambulance’s Deployment Centre outside Glasgow, which is a single, dedicated secure site used as a base for all Ambulance Service Games staff, vehicles and equipment in Glasgow during the Games.

Around 240 staff and 36 vehicles have been deployed from the site, providing high quality medical care whenever required.

Mr Neil said:

“Our wonderful NHS staff provide a superb service 365 days a year, so it is no surprise to me that people from across our health service have really stepped up to the mark and helped to make these Glasgow Games a massive success.

“While most of the staff – like those at the Ambulance Deployment Centre – will be incredibly modest and suggest this is all part of the job, it is up to all of us to recognise and thank them for their invaluable contribution.

“They have done wonderful work, often going above and beyond the call of duty to provide the same first class medical services to the thousands of visiting athletes, spectators and officials, as they and their colleagues provide day to day for people across Scotland. They deserve our gratitude and praise and I am here today to make sure they know their efforts are recognised and gratefully received.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:

“Around 240 Scottish Ambulance Service staff from across Scotland are working in dedicated teams, providing medical cover at Glasgow 2014 venues during the games. They have been doing a fantastic job, as have all our ambulance crews who continue to maintain normal ambulance cover across the city and the rest of the country. This the result of everyone’s commitment to patient care, supported by detailed advance planning and inter agency working.”