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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