Toddlers are to be recruited to man emergency call centres for the ambulance and fire services.
The move comes after a series of incidents where toddlers have successfully called the emergency services.
Last week toddler and 'superhero' Oliver Embleton called 999 when his mother passed out at their County Durham home. She came round to find him on the phone to a police officer.
'Toddlers seem to be always around in these emergencies and they're obviously tech-savvy,' said a NHS spokesman. 'They're excellent at emergency stuff and are immediately on the blower when a mum or grandmother keels over. The NHS can use these cool headed guys.'
And Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed the initiative:
'We need new young blood in the NHS,' he said, 'and it's an improvement on Sure Start.'
But the unions claim toddlers are being recruited because they're cheaper to employ than adult call centre workers.
'All that "superhero" Oliver got for his trouble was a new toy plane,' a spokesman for Unison said. 'My members just won't wear it.'