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Ambulance bosses leave campervan bustle after being exposed

Two senior Scottish Ambulance Service executives have quit a campervan hire business revealed by the Sunday Mail.

We told how senior staff ran the ‘£8,000-a-month side hustle’ from the same building as their NHS headquarters at a time when the military had been called in to support 999 crews.

Billy Kinniburgh, SAS’s head of planning and delivery, and fellow director Kevin Kelly were both previously named on the Companies House website as people with “significant control” over the business.

Scottish Ambulance Service officials ran a motorhome business

However, that status ended last week and both also resigned as directors of the company.

We revealed in September how up to seven key SAS managers operated the business from an executive office next to Glasgow Airport – which also housed the NHS Covid testing center where they worked.

When our reporter posed as a potential customer, SAS strategic operations manager Derek Loughery – who was not in the job at the time – showed us around a £69,000 VW Grand California van in the car park of the Inospace building.

Loughery is also no longer a director of the company.

When we inquired about renting a van, Kinniburgh – who was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal last year for his work in the pandemic response – answered the company’s phone number and told us we could see one the next day.

He said if we went ahead with a rental of £1100 per week the vehicle could be collected from the Inospace base with secure parking for our car on site.

Following our revelations, SAS senior management launched an investigation into the firm.

The agency admitted it was aware of the motorhome business, but promised to take strict disciplinary action if a second job was carried out during ambulance service hours.

Opposition parties demanded assurances that staff had no conflicts of interest. At the time, an emergency services crisis left an 86-year-old woman waiting in agony for eight hours for an ambulance after breaking her hip, while there were reports of another retiree who died after a 40-hour wait.

A SAS spokesperson said: ‘Camper Vans Scotland Ltd is an independent company registered with Companies House, is in no way affiliated with SAS, nor is it located on SAS property.

“All issues are Camper Vans Scotland’s business.”

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