There is a new money-saving plan now operating where some ambulances are attending 999 calls without a trained paramedic on board.
A few years ago we had the first plastic policemen aka Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), now we’re getting acrylic ambulance men.
What next? Fibreglass firemen?
Ambulances staffed only by lesser-qualified Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs) will now be responding to incidents in Yorkshire – including the most serious emergencies.
Unions have slammed the move, calling it “deeply concerning”, while ambulance workers said they would not want their relatives being attended by one of the non-paramedic teams.
One staff member, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I would not want to stand there and watch as the unqualified, untrained, inadequate ambulance response did nothing but watch with me as my relative worsened and possibly died.”
This is a poster on the Yorkshire Conservatives’ blog from about four months before the 2010 general election:
This is Ed Balls’ constituency. The latest witterings on his website are under the heading, Only Labour can offer the long-term economic plan Britain needs.
No comment from me is required other than that routine would be more suited to the Comedy Store. This person, who has been ‘championing’ sex ‘education’ for five year-olds for years, is obviously seriously deluded (to put it mildly). But that’s beside the point regarding this post. Well, actually, there is a connection. There seems to be a correlation between more detailed sex ‘education’ directed at increasingly younger pupils and increased rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases which cost the NHS (taxpayer).
Back on topic and the issue of ambulances without paramedics on emergency calls has been going on for a while. Here is a story from Suffolk from five months ago:
Medical support staff with as little as six weeks training are responding to thousands of emergency 999 calls instead of qualified paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service, it can be revealed.
This is because, according to the National Careers Service:
Emergency care assistants are usually on AfC band 3, earning between around £16,271 and £19,268.
Extra allowances to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working.
Qualified paramedics start on AfC band 5, earning between £21,388 and £27,901 a year.
Senior paramedics (also known as emergency care practitioners) and team leaders will be on AfC band 6 and can earn up to £34,500 a year.
Additional allowances may be paid to staff in certain parts of the country and to those working on standby or in shift patterns.
Saving all this money can make it possible to add yet another tier of NHS (mis)management!
But while the Department of Health is paying GPs’ surgeries to nanny us to death with such things as schemes and payments to encourage people to stop smoking and while the money is there for procedures which really shouldn’t have to be paid for by the taxpayer, like when Thomas wants to become Thomasina and gets the full physical makeover, the most basic requirements of the ‘health’ service are neglected: paramedics on ambulances and proper hygiene in hospitals.
How many managers are required to make sure there are enough bottles of disinfectant and a sufficient number of cleaners to administer it?