How could they? Scotland’s ambulance workers coped with the increased demand on Hogmanay. Don’t they know how much our Unionist media and politicians were praying for a crisis of some kind? A few deaths that could be blamed on late ambulance arrivals would have cheered their ghoulish minds, no end, but it wasn’t to be. All they could do was report grudgingly on the increased demand and ignore the performance of the staff. The Herald and BBC Scotland couldn’t bring themselves to praise the staff and went with these two:
Rise in calls to Scottish Ambulance Service over Hogmanay
Surge in Scottish ambulance calls at new year
The Daily Excess adopted a more creative approach, ignored the ambulance crews, and made up their own wee crisis, with:
‘Four 999 calls a minute: Drunk tank demands in wake of Hogmanay booze-fuelled emergencies’
I’ve dealt with the supposed demand for drunk tanks already at:
As alcohol and icy surfaces increase demand, NHS England considers dangerous ‘drunk tanks’ and sending non-specialist nurses or GPs as first responders. Scottish Ambulance Service stays calm and tweets advice
The Scottish Ambulance Service had clearly checked the weather forecasts and knew ice-free surfaces would prevent any increase they would struggle with.
As for four 999 calls a minute, 1 879 were for ambulances between midnight and seven am, according the Express report. There are 5.3 million people in Scotland and while I know many of them were safe at home or in bed in those hours, we’re talking about 0.035% of the population or, in each hour, around 0.007%, which of course, as we know, our admirable ambulance staff coped with, admirably!