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John J BS: UK Search & Rescue to be privatised (20) BS: UK Search & Rescue to be privatised 26 Mar 13


Just heard on the BBC Radio 4-type wireless midnight news that Bristows have won the contract to run the UK Search & Rescue helicopter service from 2015.

The service has been provided by the Royal Navy and the RAF for the last 70 years and currently use rather old Sea King helicopters. The service was formed to rescue downed aircrews during WW2.

Having experienced other privatised services, formerly run very effectively by government departments, I find this more than a little worrying.

Will the aircrews of the new service be paid by results?
Just how much confidence can 'we' have in a privatised service?
Is this the thin end of the wedge - is compulsory insurance going to be needed by hill-walkers?
Does this mean Prince William is to made redundant?

What do The People think?


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