Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ambulance Service

Sometime ago I wrote about the ambulance service, and how it is not an emergency service. I THOUGHT it was until a friend pointed out it wasn't. Not only that, but as a result the ambulance staff are not paid in accordance with other emergency services, and with the constraints on the NHS system the ambulance service is suffering. I saw this in the news today, and it reminded me how lucky we are to have people like the ambulance staff who are willing to put themselves through the stress, the changes, and the lifestyle in order to help other people.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is dreadful. We have unfortunately had to call for an ambulance several times for our son and I am so grateful to these wonderful people who are truly a special group.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous kh said...

Here! Here!! and then some.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Lesley and Joe K said...

It's funny how Joe Public would almost all consider the Ambulance service to be one of the 'emergency services' - common sense really, what can be more important than saving lives? However, the Government is on another planet and this means they are able to keep the pay of the paramedics well below that of a fireman or copper. My niece is a paramedic operating in the Thames Valley. Fourteen hour shifts not at all unusual and resources stretched to the breaking point.

1:09 PM  

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