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Reform of Whitehall’s approach to resilience and preparedness should be a priority for next Parliament, says think tank
The latest edition of the Whitehall Monitor from the Institute for Government argues that ‘ensuring that resilience and preparedness are appropriately resourced, effectively co-ordinated from the centre, and scrutinised properly should be a priority for the civil service to make sure that the UK is better prepared in the future.’ More via Emergency Services Times
Devon and Cornwall ambulance transfer delays the worst in England
Three major hospitals in Devon and Cornwall are experiencing the worst ambulance handover delays in England, according to NHS data.
Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital and Torbay Hospital were rated one, two and three respectively for ambulance queuing, the data showed. More via BBC News
Safely using drones for search and rescue in London
Tony Liparoti, a drone lead volunteer overseeing LONSAR’s drone capability and operations, explains how LONSAR, a Lowland Rescue Team and one of 36 teams across England and Wales, assists the Metropolitan Police in searches for high-risk vulnerable missing person in open spaces and parks across London to help end preventable loss of life in the capital. More via Emergency Services Times
Public confidence in South Central Ambulance Service ‘stretched’, boss admits
Public confidence in a region’s ambulance service is being “stretched”, an NHS boss has admitted.
It follows a critical incident being declared by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) on Tuesday. More via BBC News
Worcestershire residents encouraged to share views on fire service’s resource management
Worcestershire residents are being given the chance to have their say on how the county’s fire service manages its resources.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has launched a consultation to examine its use of resources and consider how this can be improved to ensure effective service delivery in the future. The consultation closes on 4 March 2024. More via HWFRS
Welshpool Air Ambulance base recommended to be closed
The future of Welshpool air ambulance base is in peril after it has been recommended that the base be closed.
The top two recommendations after last year’s public engagement would both see the Welshpool and Caernarfon bases closed and the crews redeployed from Rhuddlan in north Wales – despite other options showing as good or better medical outcomes. More via Powys County Times
Ambulance service teams up with students to raise awareness about mental health
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has teamed up with illustration students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to raise awareness about mental health.
They aim to promote the message of how important talking about mental well-being is through their artwork. More via Blog Preston
Third electric London bus catches fire after two burst into flames earlier this month
An electric bus has caught fire in London, making it the third to burst into flames in the capital this month.
Firefighters tackled the flames engulfing the single-deck bus at a bus garage on Chelverton Road in Putney on Wednesday. More via Independent