ONE thousand new paramedics will be trained to work in the ambulance service over the next five years, the Scottish Government has announced.
Ministers hope the new paramedics will work with “greater autonomy” in the community and prevent “unnecessary” admissions to hospital.
Training begins this year for 200 new paramedics who will be recruited from existing ambulance staff.
The Scottish Government said it was spending £5 million on the training this year.
Ambulance technicians who are recruited into the paramedic training will have their posts backfilled.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “The Scottish Ambulance Service provides support to communities the length and breadth of the country.”