Almost 300 additional Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) staff are being recruited through a £20 million SNP Government funding injection made over last year and this year, as the NHS continues to remobilise.
139 of these workers will be in West Region, which includes mainland Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae.
This funding forms part of the £1 billion NHS Recovery Plan published last week. This resource will be directed to those areas of Scotland most under pressure.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
"The Scottish Ambulance Service has continued to be indispensable throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of investing in the service and its staff is not lost on the SNP Government.
"These additional resources and the recruitment drive will help ensure SAS workers have the support needed to meet patient demand as the NHS continues to remobilise.
"Investment in support for staff and their wellbeing will be an essential and vital component of our recovery and the reduction of on-call working for ambulance staff will help with this."
Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service Pauline Howie said:
“These new resources will ensure we continue to deliver the very best patient care by boosting capacity and increasing our resilience in communities across Scotland. They’ll also complement our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months in extremely demanding circumstances.”