Scotland politics

New offer in ambulance breaks call-out row

Ambulance staff are to be balloted on a new offer to end a stand-off over paramedics and technicians being called out during rest breaks.

The death of Moray woman Mandy Mathieson last year brought the row to wider public attention.

An ambulance technician stationed close to her home did not respond to a call because he was on a break.

The Scottish government said its new offer was a very fair one which would ensure patient safety.

Paramedics and technicians would receive a one-off payment of £1,500, then £100 each time their rest break is interrupted to attend an emergency call.

Unions and management have been trying to find a solution to the issue since Ms Mathieson, from Tomintoul, died in October last year.

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