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Ambulance personnel are “unable” to drive new vehicles due to their height

Emergency center staff warned that they could not drive a new car park because of their height and body shape.

The East England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has introduced 54 54 million worth of converted Fiats to replace its obsolete Mercedes vans. The model was spread across the country to standardize NHS ambulances.

But the documents obtained BBC Revealed a list of reported problems with Fiats Ducatos, where 160 employees are experiencing vehicle driving problems.

The assessment found that 94 people could not drive. Complaints included back pain, limited view of the windshield, and limited foot space.

Further problems included shutting down the engine when moving around holes and speeding, the pedals getting too close together, and the hands and fingers getting into the sliding door.

An ambulance technician told the BBC they had problems with the car’s pedals and steering wheel, so they could not drive the ambulance.

“I was told that no one could drive 5 feet above 9 inches (1.75 m) because they would not be able to drive comfortably and safely,” they said.

“I was trying to get into the driver’s seat, but I could not adjust the seat to allow me to work the pedals properly and the steering wheel was pressed against my feet, making it difficult to drive safely.”

Fiats’s new fleet has spread across the country following a 2019 report calling for ambulance services to standardize their vehicles.

The report states: “It is simply unacceptable that trustees buy different ambulances and supply them with different equipment and medicines.

“This obviously increases costs and is an indisputable case of creating a common specification in England and moving quickly to centralized procurement of an ambulance fleet.”

Extensive testing was conducted on various test vehicles before the Fiat acquisition in 2018 was approved.

EEAST has shared all the details of the assessment with the NHS England and Improvement (NHSE & I) and is in talks with other ambulance trusts about the vehicles.

An EEAST spokesperson said: “Our new fleet of ambulances was launched three years ago after extensive testing with colleagues and consultation with staff, trade unions, patients and caregivers.

“Since its inception, a small number of colleagues have raised concerns about the cabin area, which is the same as the current national specification for ambulances.

“We have been working to address these issues – which affect a small number of our colleagues – through an independent ergonomic assessment to identify potential changes to the machines.

We have also retained our old Mercedes fleet for staff unable to drive Fiat ambulances and we are exploring further options for a more permanent solution.

Ambulance personnel are “unable” to drive new vehicles due to their height

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