“Victory for common sense” as paramedics from Hailsham Ambulance Station reinstated - but investigation launched by NHS bosses

A U-turn by hospital bosses has been called a “victory for common sense” after demoted paramedics were reinstated in Hailsham, according to a source.

This comes just two weeks after the Sussex Express reported how six paramedics were stripped of their status at Hailsham Ambulance Station.

The source said all six have now been reinstated - but staff are currently being investigated by health chiefs to find the whistleblower who helped us break the story.

The staff were demoted to technicians leaving them unable to administer life-saving drugs pending an enquiry by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), our source said. The suspension came amid concerns ambulance staff were not signing drugs out and back in according to protocol.

SECamb managers have acted quickly to restore the crews to full duty after reading our front page, the source claimed.

He said: “If it was not for the Sussex Express this would have dragged on for weeks or months, but because of the article they had to do something about it.

“It’s a victory for common sense because it could have been sorted out a lot better.

“At the end of the day serious problems have to go through certain procedures when people are at fault, but there are common sense ways to resolve other issues. Someone should have spoken to them first.

“The crews are now trying to emphasise they haven’t done anything wrong in their eyes because all they want to do is the best thing for patients.”

The source added: “Everyone is now being interviewed. Senior management is trying to find out who blew the whistle. They are checking all station phones and mobile phone bills.”

A SECamb spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual cases.”