Fife weather: Military step in to get Fife health staff to work

One of the more accessible streets in Fife as snow makes travel incredibly challenging
One of the more accessible streets in Fife as snow makes travel incredibly challenging

Emergency services and military drivers will help health staff across Fife get to and from work as travel disruption continues.

Local Boards will receive the assistance following a request to the Scottish Government’s Resilience Coordination Centre.

The Ministry of Defence will provide 4x4 vehicles and drivers to provide transport for healthcare staff.

This will be supplemented by vehicles from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, as well as volunteers who have offered their services.

The help for Fife and Tayside follows a similar request from NHS Lothian for assistance getting staff working at the main hospital sites.

Patient transport will continue to be provided through the Scottish Ambulance Service and other usual methods.

A yellow weather warning is expected to remain in place throughout the weekend and there is still considerable disruption to travel, with difficult road conditions right across the country.

Shona Robison, Health Secretary, said: “Emergency services across the country have given a superhuman effort over the past few days and I am particularly grateful to those selfless individuals across the country with 4x4 vehicles who have given up their time to get members of healthcare staff into work. They all deserve our deepest thanks.

“Health and social care staff have worked to ensure hospitals, surgeries and care homes keep operating throughout these difficult circumstances. The care they have delivered for patients has been nothing short of heroic.

“There are stories up and down the country of staff going above and beyond, and it is my priority to ensure their safety is paramount. This assistance will ensure staff can get home to rest, and ensure our NHS can keep operating throughout this challenging time.

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience Coordination Centre is still operating and will continuing to monitor the situation very closely.

“We are working with all the relevant agencies to co-ordinate efforts and I am extremely grateful to each and every one.”