U-turn over plans to cut Bolton's ambulances

U-turn over plans to cut Bolton's ambulances

U-turn over plans to cut Bolton's ambulances

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PARAMEDICS have welcomed a U-turn by ambulance bosses on plans to cut the number of emergency vehicles on the road in Bolton.

A proposed shake-up could have seen Bolton lose one of the four ambulances that attend emergency calls from midnight to 8am.

Additional funding has been found to prevent any changes for at least nine months.

The reversal comes amid claims that resources are stretched — and the service has revealed a rise of more than eight per cent in 999 calls received between April and June of this year.

North West Ambulance Service finance director, Alan Stuttard, said the additional funding from commissioners is “not permanent” and that it must continue to look at providing “the most appropriate service for patients.”

He added: “We know this isn’t always in the form of an ambulance and trip to the accident and emergency department.

"The additional funding will enable us to maintain the shifts and resources that we were reviewing through the winter.

“We will be investing some of the funds into further improving and expanding our ‘hear and treat’ and ‘see and treat’ initiatives which will enable us to help patients with non-life threatening conditions.”

Mr Stuttard said the trust wants to consider other resources such as new community paramedics and senior paramedics attending patients at home to avoid unnecessary journeys in a further bid to free up ambulances.

A paramedic who has worked in Bolton for 15 years and did not want to be named, said: “We have levels of how busy we are and we have moved from a stage two to a stage three which shows we have got busier.

“The prospect of cutting the service was very worrying — we are counting this as a small victory but we know we have to keep the pressure on.”

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3:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stevie1471 says...

They have put it on hold for 9months, BN how is this a " a u-turn"? Its a delay tactic so they can have time to make some cuts elsewhere. I have been campaigning for the saving of this ambulance cut, and the response from NWAS was that we had enough RRV's to cover the cuts, but when they go to a incident and people need to go to hospital, the RRV paramedics still have to wait with patient untill an ambulance arrives, which at current is between an hour to an hour and half, weather emergency or not, so that means they are then tied up waiting. So how is this covering the proposed cut, just look at the BN and see how many incidents of ambulance waiting in serious cases that have made the news......... How many more haven't???. And don't get me started on the pressure on the paramedics themselves, as stated by the paramedic whistleblower, not getting breaks, no time to check ambulance equipment and restock after last shift handover. As he quoted " lives are at risk", and that's before any more cuts. If EVERYONE refused to pay the services part of council tax, they would be stuck, as they cant prosecute everyone... There isn't enough money according to government, and if it did happen, the question arises " how did you get the money to prosecute everyone, when there's not enough for basic services?" yet if we paid money to a company and we didn't get what we paid for, we could take legal action against them, as it is ilegal. Why are the government slowed too?? Welcome to double standard government Britain, opppps my apologies, it doesn't matter to them as they get private health insurance paid for.....FACT!!!!!!
They have put it on hold for 9months, BN how is this a " a u-turn"? Its a delay tactic so they can have time to make some cuts elsewhere. I have been campaigning for the saving of this ambulance cut, and the response from NWAS was that we had enough RRV's to cover the cuts, but when they go to a incident and people need to go to hospital, the RRV paramedics still have to wait with patient untill an ambulance arrives, which at current is between an hour to an hour and half, weather emergency or not, so that means they are then tied up waiting. So how is this covering the proposed cut, just look at the BN and see how many incidents of ambulance waiting in serious cases that have made the news......... How many more haven't???. And don't get me started on the pressure on the paramedics themselves, as stated by the paramedic whistleblower, not getting breaks, no time to check ambulance equipment and restock after last shift handover. As he quoted " lives are at risk", and that's before any more cuts. If EVERYONE refused to pay the services part of council tax, they would be stuck, as they cant prosecute everyone... There isn't enough money according to government, and if it did happen, the question arises " how did you get the money to prosecute everyone, when there's not enough for basic services?" yet if we paid money to a company and we didn't get what we paid for, we could take legal action against them, as it is ilegal. Why are the government slowed too?? Welcome to double standard government Britain, opppps my apologies, it doesn't matter to them as they get private health insurance paid for.....FACT!!!!!! stevie1471
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3:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stevie1471 says...

Ment to say "allowed to" in statement above, it auto corrected wrong? Lol .
Ment to say "allowed to" in statement above, it auto corrected wrong? Lol . stevie1471
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