STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Ambulance service in crisis in England unions warn

Ambulance workers and unions are warning the service in England is in crisis and wouldn’t be able to support a major incident.

One paramedic has told BBC Breakfast they don’t have enough staff and are struggling to cope with the increasing number of emergency calls.

Jayne McCubbin of the BBC was given special access.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33251702

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50 die under secret 999 policy

 More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients. Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.

An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate. It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics in eight minutes, people reporting life-threatening illnesses were given a call back up to 20 minutes later, or had to wait up to an hour for an ambulance.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11343952/50-die-under-secret-999-policy.html

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Former nurse dies after extreme ambulance and A&E delays – Daughter says she would rather end life than grow old in the UK.

The daughter of a pensioner who died of pneumonia just days after being left for hours lying in agony on a cold floor because no ambulances were available to help has decried the state of the NHS, saying she would rather end life than grow old in the UK.

Helen Forde watched as her 92-year-old mother, Bridget Forde, drifted in and out of consciousness after suffering a fall and breaking her hip last month. Despite serious heart problems and being in severe pain, it took four 999 calls and a wait of more than five hours before an ambulance arrived. Her nearly-blind daughter, who was “unable to see if she’d turned blue”, said she was repeatedly told no help was available.

When paramedics eventually arrived at her home in Birchwood Avenue, Muswell Hill, they were said to be shocked at her condition. Mrs Forde was taken to the Whittington Hospital in Archway where she waited another 14 hours in A&E for a bed. What turned out to be a minor bone fracture ended with her dying of pneumonia six days later (on December 8) – something her daughter is convinced is the result of the slow ambulance response time and an NHS “in crisis”. She said: “The last memory I have of my mother is her lying on that floor in agony. It’s something I can’t forgive nor forget.

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http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/health/former_nurse_dies_after_extreme_ambulance_and_a_e_delays_1_3908811

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Helen Forde holding a photo of her mother Bridget Forde

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Stranded in his pyjamas and covered in a flimsy blanket, this is how a 95-year-old great-grandfather was left ‘in agony’ for TEN HOURS waiting to leave hospital after pneumonia

Huddled in a wheelchair, wearing just his pyjamas and a thin dressing gown, a filmsy blanket draped over him. Stranded, ‘in agony’, freezing and longing for a bite to eat. That was how 95-year-old Arthur Wilson was found, 10 hours after he was told he was to be discharged from Warrington Hospital after suffering from pneumonia.  The great-grandfather, who was waiting to be taken back to his care home, was found in the ‘freezing’ discharge lounge, where he had been left all day. His daughters said they are ‘outraged’ after seeing their elderly father, who had been admitted two weeks earlier, sitting in his pyjamas covered with a single blanket. Mr Wilson, who suffers Paget’s disease – a painful bone disorder – had not been fed all day and was left ‘in agony’ from sitting in his wheelchair.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2825053/Stranded-pyjamas-covered-flimsy-blanket-95-year-old-great-grandfather-left-agony-TEN-HOURS-waiting-leave-hospital.html#ixzz3IOA7SzVW

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Would the staff in that hospital left their own father in that condition? It’s just shocking how they have become distant to the human race with care and compassion

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My own experience calling 999 yesterday 7th April 2014 by Joanna Slater

I work voluntary every Monday night, and one of our people (a lady of over 70) had left the building just after 8pm when we heard a scream. She had missed a step and fallen down outside in the pouring rain. We rushed to attend to her and brought her back inside, she was in extreme discomfort and screamed with pain. We tried to make her comfortable, she was coming over hot, and we were worried in case she went into shock, and then we called 999. It seemed that her right shoulder had taken the extent of the fall.

Click on the word document link Calling 999 to read the full account
Calling 999

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