Two hundred soldiers from the British Army are being drafted in to help paramedics cope with ‘extreme pressure’ in Wales.
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it has re-enlisted the support of the military as it contends with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Soldiers will assist the Trust’s Covid-19 effort by driving ambulances from Wednesday.
Chief Executive Jason Killens said: ‘The extreme pressure on our ambulance service in the last couple of weeks has been well documented, and it’s why we’ve taken the decision to re-enlist the military, who did a superb job of assisting us earlier in the year.’
‘Winter is our busiest period, and with the second wave of a global pandemic also to contend with, this is about bolstering our capacity as far we can and putting us in the best possible position to provide a safe service to the people of Wales.’
The whole of Wales is currently on lockdown amid a surge in cases after short notice on Saturday.
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