Paramedic Warns Ambulance Delays are Causing Serious Harm to Patients

Paramedic Warns Ambulance Delays are Causing Serious Harm to Patients

Paramedic Warns Ambulance Delays are Causing Serious Harm to Patients
A paramedic whistleblower has warned that due to ambulance delays patients’ lives are in danger.
He claimed that ‘lone-response’ paramedics attending emergencies in the East of England can be waiting for hours for fully crewed ambulances to arrive.
The paramedic said that on every shift they have to wait more than half an hour with critically injured patients.
He told the BBC about one of his experiences:
“It happened to me with a patient who was having severe breathing difficulties. I had to wait for an ambulance to come from 50 miles away. Regrettably she passed away before the ambulance arrived.”
The region’s ambulance Trust are looking into eight such “serious incidents” in March this year.
The incidents include cases where there have been delays in getting patients to hospital in four of these cases patients died.
The Trust are now looking into recruiting around 351 new frontline staff putting £5m into its frontline operation and 25 more fully crewed ambulances are going to serving the areas which have been most affected by delays.
All these changes will be looked into in a bid to improve ambulance services.

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