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Henry Bilinski discusses ambulances vandalised in West Midlands

Ambulance and healthcare transport services need to be more prepared than ever after repeat attacks in the West Midlands.

HATS Group

At the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group and Olympic South Ltd, we’re always well aware of the importance of our services to the community and those around us. That’s why we go to such great lengths to deliver our specialist services, day in day out, no matter the risks.

Working in patient and home to school transport, at HATS, we take our jobs very seriously. When helping the vulnerable and dependant, we help to deliver services which are as comfortable and risk-free as possible – employing the very best individuals and implementing first-class procedures and practices.

Managing risks

Preparing for complications and managing risks is something we’re very used to at HATS. We regularly review our services and make sure that our staff are equipped for new problems and potential accidents, especially when in the field. And with the unexpected news about ambulance services in the West Midlands this week, there’s never been a better time to be prepared.

Vandalism

Reported by ITV news, it seems ambulances in the West Midlands area are being targeted by vandals, after two vehicles were recently attacked in under 24 hours.

Ambulance Vandalised Henry Bilinski
Credit: WMAS

The second of the two attacks took place whilst paramedics were inside a building treating patients. The ambulance’s window was smashed in in Shrewsbury as paramedics treated a victim of an assault. The bumper of another ambulance was prised off on the same day.

Speaking about the attacks, Area Manager for Warwickshire said:

“It’s beggar’s belief why someone would do this to an ambulance, a vehicle designed to help save lives.

“The ambulance crew noticed the damage immediately after returning to their vehicle and were very disappointed and upset by the incident.”

As the CEO of a Group working in healthcare transport, it’s shocking to see such disregard for services dedicated to helping people. It’s something at HATS, we hope we and our transport users never have to experience first-hand.

For more about the story, please visit ITV, and for more about HATS, be sure to visit www.HATSGroup.com.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

The future of health and social care in the UK

As the general elections in May take place, and the public wait to vote on the future of the UK government, political parties continue to promote their policies and views – and will do right up to election day.

Election 2015

Delivering their 2015 election manifestos, Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP are weighing in on some of the UK’s most pressing issues.

The economy, growth, immigration, tax, the EU; all of these have proven to be strong talking points for each party. But perhaps one of this year’s most talked about issues, health and social care, has been at the forefront of many of the parties’ discussions.

Health and social care

NHS funding, mental health, GP access, integrated care, public health and NHS reform, are just some of the main topics in dispute in this year’s election. Each party offers different promises and actions, and have diverse views on the future of the UK healthcare system.

With such vital sector in question, there’s no doubt that issues and policies related to health and social care should be treated with care. So, if you’re voting in the 2015 general election, it’s worth knowing a little more about each parties’ proposed plans.

Main party pledges

Here are just a few of each of the main parties’ health and social care pledges:

Labour

  • An annual £2.5 billion ‘time to care’ fund for health and social care, paid for by a mansion tax and a levy on tobacco firms
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS
  • Will integrate NHS health care and social care

Conservative

  • A minimum real-terms increase of £8 billion a year by 2020 to fully fund the NHS
  • Seven-day access to GPs by 2020 & same day appointments for over-75s
  • Will improve access to mental health treatments

Liberal Democrat

  • Funding for NHS to be £8 billion higher in real terms by 2020
  • £3.5bn extra for mental health – £1.25bn for children/teenagers and £250m for pregnant women/new mums with depression
  • Will integrate health and social care budgets

Green Party

  • Pledged to increase NHS funding by £20 billion a year, and social care funding by £9 billion a year, by 2020
  • Will ensure the NHS is fully publicly-funded, ending privatisation
  • Will repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012

UKIP

  • Pledged an extra £3 billion a year for the NHS by 2020
  • Will spend £200m on scrapping hospital car parking charges
  • Migrants and visitors to UK must have private health insurance

At Olympic South Ltd (OSL) and the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’ve always maintained our services, and worked to give our customers and service users the best possible treatment. As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, we take great interest in political issues, as changes to the healthcare industry are likely to affect our work. But, as our main priority is to help and serve the public, it’s important that we maintain our high-level of services no matter the political climate.

For more information about this year’s general election, why not visit the BBC’s Election 2015 website.

To find out more about our range of specialist transport services, visit the HATS website today or follow Olympic South Ltd on Twitter.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.