Horn honked at ambulance in Chesterfield for 30 minutes

Posted by - March 23, 2018

An irate motorist spent about 30 minutes sounding his horn at an ambulance that was blocking his way while medics dealt with an emergency. Paramedics were also “verbally abused” by the man in the altercation in Chesterfield on Tuesday, East Midlands Ambulance Service said. The service said its security team had begun an investigation and

Police officer poisoned in Sergei Skripal attack leaves hospital

Posted by - March 23, 2018

The police officer injured in the nerve agent attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, has been discharged from hospital. DS Nick Bailey called his own experience “surreal” but added: “I want people to focus on the investigation – not the police officer who was unfortunate enough to be caught up in

Police can take days to respond to 999 calls, says report

Posted by - March 23, 2018

Some victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes have to wait days to be seen by police officers because 999 calls are not getting a prompt response, a report has found. The Inspectorate of Constabulary said a quarter of forces in England and Wales were often “overwhelmed” by demand. The annual review found instances

NHS pay: What about the rest of the public sector?

Posted by - March 23, 2018

More than a million NHS staff in England are set to get a pay rise, after seven years of having their wages frozen then capped at 1% as part of the government’s austerity programme. This was effectively a cut since their pay was not keeping up with the rising costs of living. But it’s not just

Theresa May rapped by government body over £450m police funding claim

Posted by - March 21, 2018

Theresa May risked misleading the public by claiming the Government is boosting police funding by £450m, according to the UK’s official statistics watchdog. The Prime Minister was criticised by Sir David Norgrove, chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, for an answer she gave Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons last month. Speaking

Damning report finds ‘serious failings’ in NHS mental health services

Posted by - March 21, 2018

Vulnerable mental health patients are suffering serious harm, and in some cases dying, because of “serious failings” in their treatment, the NHS ombudsman has warned. Mistakes such as failing to diagnose or treat patients properly and discharging them from hospital too soon can have “catastrophic consequences”, said Rob Behrens. In a report analysing more than 200 complaints

NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected

Posted by - March 21, 2018

More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, can expect pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, expected to be formally agreed by unions and ministers later, could cost as much as £4bn. If approved, workers in England could see their pay increase almost immediately.

Woman who left abusive note on ambulance admits public order offence

Posted by - March 20, 2018

Kirsty Sharman, 26, fined £120 over ‘absolutely despicable incident’ in Stoke-on-Trent A 26-year-old woman has been fined £120 after admitting swearing at paramedics and leaving a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance. Kirsty Sharman pleaded guilty to a public order offence after the incident in which the crew had been responding to a 999 call from

Five patients made 8,303 emergency calls in a year

Posted by - March 20, 2018

Ambulances and emergency response vehicles were deployed more than 1,500 times to five patients in 12 months, the BBC has learned. A total of 8,303 emergency calls were made by the five most frequent UK callers. An NHS spokesman said the calls were often related to mental health, chronic pain and alcohol or drug dependence.

Brexit has silenced those who want to break up the NHS

Posted by - March 20, 2018

By pledging £350m for the NHS, leave campaigners have ensured the argument is about how to get the health service more money, not dismantle it. L ast week, one of the country’s most senior doctors explained over lunch how he had reluctantly come to believe that scandalous underfunding, catastrophic understaffing and the service’s resulting inability