Ambulance crews must make safety checks, say chiefs
THE claims made by the anonymous staff member have been disputed by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Chiefs say it is the responsibility of the staff to ensure all checks are carried out on shift hand-over or at an appropriate time.
A North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said: “All ambulance crews are expected to perform checks on their vehicles and these are separated into categories red, amber and green.
“At the start of a shift, staff are required to perform a red check on their vehicle and this includes checks of medical equipment, drug supplies and basic vehicle checks, including wheel pointer alignments. It is estimated that a red check should take no more than 10 minutes.
“If the vehicle has been operational on the previous shift and is allocated an emergency at the time of handover, we would expect crews to perform the check as soon as is practically possible.”
NWAS says it has launched a full investigation into the incident in Victoria Road on September 21. The spokesman added: “A thorough investigation into the causes of this incident is continuing and the causes have yet to be established.”
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