Coroner issues national regulation for ambulance staff

RRV and fire scene of RTC

A Surrey Coroner has raised concerns about where ambulances are parked during incidents on multi-lane roads or motorways, following the death of a man earlier this year.

Rajesh Parkash died after accidentally colliding with an ambulance that had been parked in a dangerous position obstructing a lane on the A3 in Surrey.

The Coroner has issued a regulation 28 (an action to prevent future deaths) and has written to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives to ensure that staff understand the measures and restrictions included in training and guidance that apply to motorway driving. The Coroner added that the role of the supervising paramedic extends to all aspects of work including driving, and is not limited to clinical decisions.

As such, the Trust has issued an operational bulletin, which should also be printed off in stations and shared with all frontline staff.

For any more information, please contact the Driver Training Unit on 01638 718978 or

Download a copy of the bulletin here

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