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25m ambulance injection unveiled

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The fleet will increase to 1,410 vehicles by 2012.

The Scottish Ambulance Service is to get more than 700 new vehicles under a three-year, £25.5m funding package.

The service will receive £8.5m per year to ensure its fleet is fit for purpose, said the Scottish Government.

The cash will pay for 90 accident and emergency vehicles including ambulances, 90 patient transport vehicles and 70 support vehicles.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said ambulance service staff deserved the highest standard of transport.

"This investment will ensure the Scottish Ambulance Service has the right mix of modern, state-of-the-art vehicles to continue offering the best emergency care to the people of Scotland," she said.

The cash injection will see the fleet will grow from 1,369 to 1,410 vehicles by 2012.



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