Will ambulance service be blamed for cuts to all but ‘most life-threatening’ call-outs?

Paramedics say they’re “overstretched and exhausted” [Image: Getty].

This is the return of a well-used diversionary tactic by the Tory government; it was employed to great effect, turning people against Labour-held local councils.

The principle is simple: De-fund.

So with councils, for example, money that would have paid to keep people in housing is removed from government funding. As a result, local authorities are forced to put people into debt.

Now, with SECamb, as the government no longer provides enough money to enable a full service, patients who don’t have the most life-threatening conditions are being made to wait. And wait…

And who gets the blame? The Conservative government?

No. The story will be spun by compliant right-wing news media to make it seem that the ambulance service is at fault – for failing to budget properly, or some such nonsense. That was the story with the councils.

Dying patients are waiting longer for help because skint ambulance bosses won’t pay paramedics overtime.

Crews were previously paid £25 if they were called to emergencies in meal breaks.

But now South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) will stump up cash only for paramedics attending the most life-threatening “Red 1” calls – when patients are in cardiac arrest – and not for conditions such as strokes or asthma attacks.

Source: ‘Overstretched’ paramedics keep dying patients waiting for help after ambulance bosses axe overtime

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4 thoughts on “Will ambulance service be blamed for cuts to all but ‘most life-threatening’ call-outs?

  1. Justin

    Not a surprise, like everything the tory does, who do they blame, everyone but themselves, there like addict’s,not able to tell the truth due to there addiction, there two cures, resign or sack them or show the tory the feeling of power at one thing they do understand, election time, when you see them coming out of there chicken huts at the back of the garden and have the list of lies to hand, wonder what the answer will be, probably something out of Yes Prime Minsiter

  2. Christine Bergin

    I fear that our NHS is going to become the money box for the USA style ‘healthcare’ industry. Millions have gone to tax avoiding companies already. Resources that should have been used to care for people in the British Isles has been appropriated for shareholder handouts and a lot of our MPs have shares with which to get theirs. We have been sold out for private gain, not a principle to be seen.

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