If there is one thing that I think this blog has done, it is to let people know that sometimes people who dial ‘999’ don’t need a blue light emergency ambulance. As a service we recognise this and so have created job roles for people to do this ‘intermediate’ work.
We also use volunteer ambulance services to
prop up assist us in the day to day running of the LAS.
Have a look at this video file (.wmv only – sorry).
It’s a newspiece that has someone complaining that they phoned 999 for an sick relative and were shocked when a St John ambulance turned up.
The man in the report complaining is ex-ambulance service themselves – lets just say that there is a lot of bad blood between some of the LAS road staff and the St John ambulance service.
It dates back to the ambulance dispute of 1989–1990.
So, once more I invite you to look at how the media portrays the ambulance service, in this case it seems a little more balanced.
Of course – they could have always asked me…