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Ambulances? Who Needs Them

Driving around four in the afternoon, while listening to 5, the BBC had a little newsette about the deep cuts to ambulance services.

Obviously, like the fire service, it means axing front line staff.

The BBC's response was to devote five minutes about how most people calling an ambulance were just wasting everyone's time. 'They just want a taxi to the hospital', said the interviewee. 'So we drive them to where they can go and clog up A&E'. (On Cameron message.)

The slant was clearly that ambulance services were only dialed up by nutters.

To substantiate, the BBC featured a story involving a boy who had been vomiting for three days. He was fobbed off once at A&E (not unusual in my experience) so, when his condition deteriorated, his mother called an ambulance.

She was berated by the BBC as being totally anti-social and in the wrong. But the report failed to say whether he had since stopped vomiting or whether his condition had since been diagnosed as either timewasting or terminal. (Zero awarded for credible journalism.)

At the end of the report, they interviewed a guy who had been picked up with alarming chest pains. He was very grateful to the ambulance service for saving his life. For balance, the BBC limited this clip to about 20 seconds, right at then end of the five minutes.

If the Gov hates looking after us so much, why can't we, and our employers, opt out of all Health & NI payments and look after ourselves? Oh right, they want the revenue but prefer to spend that it on other stuff.

Shameful.

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Hold on, the BBC were saying that people using the ambulances were mainly time wasters?

That's a revolation here, I'd thought the BBC would be ramping the service saying everyone who got picked up in an ambulance would have died 5 minutes later if it wasn't for their amazing service and how they mustn't ever be cut!

For them to consentrate of the waste and abuse of this valuable resource is nothing short of amazing. Next they'll change the News24 back ground from socialist red to entrepreneurial blue.

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Hold on, the BBC were saying that people using the ambulances were mainly time wasters?

...no ..they were saying many who called the service were ....and put the whole service in jeopardy as a result.... :rolleyes:

p.s. I'm no BBC fan...but fairs fair.... :rolleyes:

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...no ..they were saying many who called the service were ....and put the whole service in jeopardy as a result.... :rolleyes:

p.s. I'm no BBC fan...but fairs fair.... :rolleyes:

So surely it's fair that the BBC slags them off?

If I have a heart attack, I'd like the ambulance to come and help me out rather than go and help some overweight monster who's lost the remote control in one of their rolls.

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..yes... :rolleyes:

No.

Sure there might be people who abuse the service. (Though come on, how many people call an ambulance for fun.)

But as a health professional, you can never take a risk, you wouldn't do it ethically or professionally. And even more so today, in these days of getting sued. Since hospital services became private trusts, they're a bit of an easy target.

So the BBC is totally out of order. It's just propagandising that cuts are Ok Dave.

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No.

Sure there might be people who abuse the service. (Though come on, how many people call an ambulance for fun.)

But as a health professional, you can never take a risk, you wouldn't do it ethically or professionally. And even more so today, in these days of getting sued. Since hospital services became private trusts, they're a bit of an easy target.

So the BBC is totally out of order. It's just propagandising that cuts are Ok Dave.

Why has this thread got a sub heading of 'no surprise there'? Are you saying that the BBC has a routinely pro-cuts and pro-coalition message? Every other thread on this forum has the BBC painted as Labour's broadcasting arm.

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No.

Sure there might be people who abuse the service. (Though come on, how many people call an ambulance for fun.)

...you are a bit naive and live in a bubble away from real society as it is today....it is well known that so many abuse the service to the extent real emergencies are put in danger...get out there and see the real world ...UK 2011... :rolleyes:

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Why has this thread got a sub heading of 'no surprise there'? Are you saying that the BBC has a routinely pro-cuts and pro-coalition message? Every other thread on this forum has the BBC painted as Labour's broadcasting arm.

...just misinterpretation from some removed from reality....relax.... :rolleyes:

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When Mrs Fat Lady up the road needs to go to hospital they call an ambulance for her. Which calls another ambulance as there are rules on lifting.

Why they don't just let her husband drive her there in their fatmobile I don't know. She goes out everywhere else in that.

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When Mrs Fat Lady up the road needs to go to hospital they call an ambulance for her. Which calls another ambulance as there are rules on lifting.

Why they don't just let her husband drive her there in their fatmobile I don't know. She goes out everywhere else in that.

...yes...but...have you seen the cost of parking at the hospital....?... :rolleyes:

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Sky are just as bad. A couple of days ago that Fay Hurley (or whatever her name is) was interviewing a Chief Constable and she tried her damndest to get him to say that he couldn't provide a decent service because of the cuts, but he wouldn't play ball and insisted that he could :lol:.

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Ambulances? Who Needs Them

If the Gov hates looking after us so much, why can't we, and our employers, opt out of all Health & NI payments and look after ourselves? Oh right, they want the revenue but prefer to spend that it on other stuff.

Shameful.

Where do all the ever increasing Billions £££'s in rents collected from the poor for council house rent get diverted by the Govt - who have spent nothing on council house building since Thatcher in the 80's?

Council houses were paid off over 50 years ago!

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Where do all the ever increasing Billions £££'s in rents collected from the poor for council house rent get diverted by the Govt - who have spent nothing on council house building since Thatcher in the 80's?

Council houses were paid off over 50 years ago!

...interest payments on Gordo's increased debt.... :rolleyes:

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...you are a bit naive and live in a bubble away from real society as it is today....it is well known that so many abuse the service to the extent real emergencies are put in danger...get out there and see the real world ...UK 2011... :rolleyes:

maybe they could make it an OFFENCE to call out emergency services without due cause with on the spot fines.

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