Ambulance service expose in the Mail on Sunday newspaper…
A paramedic with 15 years experience working in the NHS came to Featureworld with her new book, I knew a national newspaper would be interested in what she had to say.
Over the past two years Sheila Roberts – not the person’s real name – kept a diary of life attending calls as an ambulance paramedic.
The paramedic has now turned the shocking findings into a fascinating book.
Countdown to Collapse reveals how the UK ambulance service fiddles response times, how improperly qualified staff are sent on the highest category 999 call outs and how public abuse of the system is bringing it to its knees.
It reveals some of the ridiculous call outs attended – from someone who had a contact lens stuck in their eye to a case where she raced to the scene to find someone simply asleep in bed (and absolutely fine.)
The book examines the cut backs – the shortage of ambulances and the stretched resources that she believes are putting peoples’ lives at risk.
Part of the problem is the closure of many emergency A & E departments in smaller towns coupled with a lack of GP care at weekends and evenings. At the same time the ambulance service lives in fear of litigation – that if they don’t attend even the smallest call, they could be sued. And ridiculous health and safety rules have put the whole service under incredible stress.
Sheila claims the morale of ambulance staff is at an all time low. Few breaks, extremely long hours and an obsession with ticking boxes to meet targets have led to some ambulance drivers and paramedics even feigning illness at the end of a shift or worst, doing some minor damage to their vehicles so they cannot be called out again.
According to Sheila, who is still a hard working paramedic, a public inquiry into the nightmare that is unravelling in our ambulance service is long overdue.
I adapted Sheila’s book for the Mail On Sunday newspaper.
You can visit her Facebook website where you can buy the book.
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