UK's worst performing ambulance trust begs police for help transporting patients - Daily News

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UK's worst performing ambulance trust begs police for help transporting patients - Daily News
#UK, #worst, #performing, #ambulance, #trust, #begs, #police, #help, #transporting, #patients  The worst-performing ambulance trust in Britain is asking the police to drive the sick and injured to hospital.  Officers in Cambridgeshire have had to take people to A&E because of the chronic shortage of paramedic crews, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed.  East of England Ambulance Service Trust is cracking under huge strain on its resources, accusations of bad management and shocking waiting times.  It has already revealed a controversial plan for patients to share ambulances and in many cases relatives frustrated by long delays have resorted to taking patients in their own vehicles.  Now police are also stepping in to fill the gap by ferrying patients in patrol cars rather than make them wait for hours.  Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said: “Having been out with officers and seen examples, I worry that officers are placing themselves at risk by transporting people to A&E in the back of police cars.  “Sometimes this would seem the most sensible approach, if given advice that an ambulance will take three to four hours. However, the responsibility for this lies with the ambulance service.” Read More Top Stories from Mirror Online  An EEAST spokesman said: “We always regret any distress caused to patients by waiting.  “If the patients or their family have any concerns about their wait, we would encourage them to contact us.”  Last month the trust’s £147,000 boss Robert Morton, 54, announced he was quitting after fierce criticism and demands for a change of leadership.
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