Ambulances routinely delaying treatment

It has been alleged that it is more likely that a call for an ambulance is likely to take longer to reach a general practice than elsewhere.

The ambulance service refutes this, but evidence seems to suggest that it may be an assumption that a patient will be ok, because a doctor will be present.

One solution would be to provide funding to general practice to train and upskill staff to become ‘community first responders’. This would be a sensible investment which would benefit both the patient and the ambulance service. All that is needed is the investment in training….

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