Ambulance staff ‘unable to drive’ new vehicles because of height and body shape

Posted: June 20th 2022


An interesting system challenge which is yet another challenge to the hard pressed ambulance agenda. This story tells us

Staff at an ambulance service have claimed they are unable to drive a new fleet of vehicles because of their height and body shape.

The East of England ambulance service (EEAST) rolled out the £54m converted Fiats to replace its deteriorating Mercedes vans, as part of an effort to standardise NHS ambulances.

However, documents obtained by the BBC show 160 staff members encountered problems with the vehicles.

Of these, 94 were identified as not being able to drive the vehicles, with complaints including back pain, limited space for their legs and a restricted view of the windscreen.