PARAMEDICS are being recruited from Poland as a short term measure to bring a shortfall of 200 people.
South Central Ambulance Service (Scas), which covers Hampshire, held a recruitment drive in Poland to help fill vacancies.
Union Unison said more investment was needed with paramedics under increasing pressure and many choosing to leave the service.
Scas paramedic Gavin Bashford, a Unison member, told the BBC staff were leaving due to an increase in working pressures.
He said: ‘We can have big delays responding to 999 calls, three, four or five hours is not uncommon, and the pressure on staff is quite huge.’
Sarah O’Donoghue, South East regional Unison organiser, said: ‘[Recruiting aboard] is a short-term fix and deprives that country of trained paramedics. We need to be investing here to ensure we meet our paramedic needs.
‘The ones that are [working] are under huge pressure and a lot of them are leaving.’