Related to the previous post.
Today (on a short shift) I went to six jobs.
One was genuinely and seriously ill.
One was a walking wounded.
One was a no-show.
…And three were maternataxis.
One of the maternataxis, who lived 600 yards from the hospital not only got an ambulance (with a paramedic on board), but also a FRU (with another paramedic). So that is two paramedics for someone who not only walked, but had contractions that could be measured on a calendar.
Even the midwife at the hospital shook her head in disbelief.
So this is one reason why there are no paramedics (or ambulances) to deal with the real stuff.
I think it's time to start charging maternataxis; a bit more than an equivalent taxi fair would be reasonable.