South Western Ambulance apology after pensioner’s two-hour wait

Posted by - December 29, 2017

An ambulance service has apologised after a disabled 82-year-old man had to wait nearly two hours in the cold after a fall. John Carrott, of Hutton, Somerset, fell near his front door as his legs gave way, early on Boxing Day. He was kept warm by neighbours and his carer, but they were told by

We’re not the National Hangover Service, NHS boss warns revellers

Posted by - December 29, 2017

More street drunk tanks could be set up to keep ‘frankly selfish’ New Year’s Eve and weekend partygoers away from hospital. The chief executive of NHS England has accused drunken revellers of being “frankly selfish” when they rely on the health service to help them and has indicated that more “drunk tanks” could be set up to

Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns ‘selfish’ revellers

Posted by - December 29, 2017

Drunk tanks may have to become the norm in towns and cities to keep “selfish” revellers out of A&E, the head of the NHS in England says. Simon Stevens said he would be closely monitoring how the mobile units cope on New Year’s Eve before deciding whether they should become a regular feature. Drunk tanks

£3.5m police car repair bill for officers’ driving mishaps

Posted by - December 28, 2017

Repairing police cars damaged by crashes and driving mishaps has cost three Welsh police forces more than £3.5m in four years. From April 2013-2017, 4,214 incidents saw vehicles damaged by officers, animals and criminals, according to Freedom of Information request responses. Almost 500 cars were damaged by reversing, 108 by animals, while 29 needed repairs

Missing a beat: half of population never see a uniformed police officer

Posted by - December 28, 2017

Total of 44% of respondents to survey in England and Wales have not seen a uniformed officer in their area this year. Almost half of people living in England and Wales have not seen a uniformed police or community support officer on foot in their area in the past year, a study has found, raising

NHS hospitals made £174m from car park charges this year

Posted by - December 28, 2017

Some trusts say charges pay for patient care but Liberal Democrats condemn them as a ‘tax on sickness’ NHS hospitals made a record £174m from charging patients, visitors and staff to park in 2016/17, up 6% on the previous year. Data from 111 hospital trusts across England shows that as many as two-thirds are making more

Why 2018 will be a very special year for the NHS

Posted by - December 27, 2017

This is a special year for the NHS – it marks its 70th birthday. So expect lots of anniversary events and stories celebrating the success of the health service over the past seven decades. The big day is on 5 July and word has it that the Chelsea Flower Show and the Wimbledon tennis championships

North East Ambulance Service under ‘severe pressure’ after 49% increase in calls over Christmas

Posted by - December 27, 2017

Concerns that some people who just have colds are calling for ambulances when others need real emergency treatment. The North East Ambulance Service says it is under “severe pressure” after a “mind-boggling” increase in calls over the Christmas period. Staff in the region answered 24,500 calls over the four days from Saturday December 23 to Boxing

East of England Ambulance Service experience busiest Christmas ever

Posted by - December 27, 2017

East of England Ambulance have just experienced their busiest ever Christmas, the trust have announced. The demand for ambulances over the festive period this year was higher than expected. With 4,200 calls being received on Boxing Day (December 26) alone. Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST, said: “I would like to thank all