Luke Graham MP welcomed Matt Hancock MP to Perthshire, while joining him on a visit to the Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) at Perth Airport in Scone. Mr Hancock has been visiting Scotland as part of his leadership campaign and joined Luke Graham MP on the visit to the charity.
The visit included a meeting with the charity’s chairman, John Bullough, Mike Beale (Vice-Chair), Doug Cross (Finance Director), and Joyce Leslie (Board Member). The meeting included a presentation from SCAA on the timeline and successes of the charity since it started in 2010. The MPs then went to meet with the on-duty Pilot and paramedics.
In 2015, when George Osbourne was still Chancellor, SCAA received a £3.3m investment from the Libor bank fines fund, which together with regular support from donors, helps run and maintain the charity and its equipment.
SCAA operates one helicopter, a twin-engine Eurocopter EC135-T2i, which has an operational area of around 30,000 square miles, serving a population of over 5 million, and is able to cover 90 percent of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. The helicopter carries all the equipment you would find in a land ambulance plus some of the more advanced equipment you would find in a hospital.
Commenting after the visit, Luke Graham MP said:
“I was delighted to welcome Matt Hancock MP to Perthshire, and to visit the SCAA with him. It was fantastic to see the results of the investment from donors today.
As Secretary of State for Health, it was fantastic to showcase a leading example of what UK government funding is doing to provide emergency healthcare here in Scotland.”
Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, commented:
“I was delighted to join Luke Graham MP at SCAA at Perth Airport on Wednesday.
It was fantastic to see the great work SCAA is doing, providing frontline, emergency healthcare all across Scotland, and to listen to the challenges they face in serving some of the most rural parts of the UK.”