Unnecessary 999 calls could mean delays

CRIPPLING pressures on ambulance services could lead to delays in reaching patients, The Evening Star reveals today.Chris Carney, chief executive of the East Anglian Ambulance Trust, has said that while the current situation is safe and patients should not be alarmed, if levels of calls continue to rise throughout the winter, there could be delays in ambulances reaching their patients.

By Jessica Nicholls

CRIPPLING pressures on ambulance services could lead to delays in reaching patients, The Evening Star reveals today.

Chris Carney, chief executive of the East Anglian Ambulance Trust, has said that while the current situation is safe and patients should not be alarmed, if levels of calls continue to rise throughout the winter, there could be delays in ambulances reaching their patients.

He now wants to raise public awareness of options other than calling an ambulance unless the problem is a real emergency.

Mr Carney said: "I would not want an elderly lady waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe and thinking that she should not call us – she should.

"We don't want people to hesitate to call us, but there are people who do use us quite needlessly."

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