Quick, call 999: Kiwis to take over London’s ambulance services

London’s ambulance services have just hired over 180 paramedics from Australia and New Zealand on account of a severe skills shortage


New Zealand to the rescue! The London Ambulance Service has just hired almost 200 Kiwi and Aussie paramedics to make up for the severe shortfall in staff currently experienced in London.

Following a recruitment run in Australia in September screening about 250 individuals, the vast majority of candidates have been accepted to start in London in January, with the London Ambulance Service covering relocation costs and taking care of all visa requirements.

A conversion course devised to get the new recruits up to speed with NHS guidelines is also part of the deal, making sure that the antipodean staff members can hit the ground running and do what they do best: save lives and do New Zealand proud.




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