Under consideration PE2078: Introduce mandatory licencing and inspection of private ambulance service providers
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to create a new body responsible for the inspection, assessment and licensing of private ambulance service providers or encompass the clinical governance management of private companies in Scotland into Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Previous action taken
I have raised this issue with Katy Clark MSP, who wrote to (then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care and now First Minister) Humza Yousaf MSP who responded by stating a belief that private event first aid and ambulance companies are regulated in Scotland, a response which is completely inaccurate, as there is no clinical governance of private ambulance services.
A letter is being drafted to Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.
Each year in Scotland, hundreds of thousands of people attend various different events, from small local community gala days to large national music festivals and sporting events held throughout Scotland. Each of these events has a minimum level of immediate first aid and ambulance service provision which they are required to have to ensure the safety of patrons, staff, and competitors.
These private companies, however, are not required to register with any clinical governance organisation, adhere to any rules or be subjected to any form of assessment or inspection. I worked in this industry and have significant concerns about practice. Contrary to the requirements in England, which require private ambulance service providers to be registered with the Care Quality Commission which carries out a number of assessments and inspections to ensure the suitability of these registered companies.
Each year in Scotland, the attendees of these events are put at risk by companies with no clinical oversight or governance.