UK search & rescue privatised
UK search and rescue (SAR) operations will be privatised after US company Bristow Group won the £1.6bn contract starting from 2016, lasting 11 years.
This will bring to an end 70 years of service by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN).
Naturally this has caused much concern about the new ethics that will come into play when a for-profit business is involved in saving lives. As well as this there has also been strong concern about job losses and the RAF/RN losing a valuable training facility for their pilots.
No to the conservatives, no to privatisation!