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How to save the NHS – by the people who work for it. By Homa Khaleeli, paramedic for the NHS

Paramedic: ‘Binge drinkers should get a bill of £60 to £80 when they are discharged from hospital’

I have been a paramedic for the NHS for 13 years. We are under a lot of pressure; an ambulance crew in my service is often sent out on 10-14 calls a day. Some calls can take an hour, to an hour and a half – and we work 12-hour shifts. The majority of the time we have to work overtime, anything from 20 minutes to several hours.

We rarely get breaks; you may try to snatch lunch, get a coffee and a rest in the 14 minutes between passing a patient on to the hospital and leaving. Some of my colleagues are on new rotas – working nights getting hardly any rest, and then being put on early shifts. In my opinion, two sets of people are being killed here – ambulance personnel, slowly and surely before we retire; and patients dying because we are on unnecessary call-outs when they need us. Paramedics and ambulance personnel are leaving their jobs in droves. Private ambulances are now attending emergency calls.

NHS 111 is partly to blame – especially the privately owned parts. All they care about is not being sued so they send ambulances out for everything. If someone has had a cough for three days, so has chest pains from that, they will call us out. Some even tell patients they might be having a heart attack! It’s disgusting.

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Homa Khaleeli, paramedic for the NHS

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Paramedic reveals stress and depression among workers – ITV News

A paramedic has spoken out about high levels of stress and depression among frontline ambulance workers, saying there was “no respite” from pressures on the service. It comes as figures reveal the number of ‘stress-related’ sick days taken by people working in emergency healthcare – including paramedics and technicians – has rocketed by 40 per cent in just 12 months.

Stuart Gray, who works in London, said the stress of the job had caused him to be off ill on “several occasions”.

We are continually hammered from the moment we sign on duty until we make our weak attempts to get home on time.

There is virtually no respite now. The biggest stress is being asked to deal with things that are clearly not emergencies.

Everybody and his dog wants, or thinks they need, an ambulance. So we are constantly responding under emergency conditions to those who’ve drunk too much alcohol or who’ve been nursing a cough for two weeks.

My colleagues are tired and depressed. They are leaving the profession, or going to places where there is still hope for pre-hospital care.


5 News exclusive – Strain on frontline ambulance staff causes major rise in stress-related illnesses

Paramedics and ambulance technicians took 40% more days off for stress-related illnesses in 2014

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Paramedic stood with hands in pockets and did nothing as man lay dying by hospital A&E doors

That poor helpless man who may have been saved. What is our world coming to with such heartless people, Joanna

A paramedic who was filmed standing with his hands in his pockets as a man lay dying of a heart attack in front of him outside an NHS hospital has avoided a jail sentence. Matthew Geary was given a suspended eight-month prison term and ordered to serve 240 hours of community service after a court heard that he failed to provide any help to Carl Cope – who he wrongly believed was drunk – despite seeing him stumble and fall to the ground. Judge John Warner condemned the paramedic’s actions as “callous and uncaring” and wholly at odds with his job.

CCTV footage played to Wolverhampton Crown Court showed Mr Cope, from Bloxwich, fall in the road outside of the Walsall Manor Hospital accident and emergency department.

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Carl Cope who died from a heart attack


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Whistleblowing paramedic who criticised two hospitals for being ‘unsafe’ after patients were routinely treated in corridor is banned from work

A whisleblowing paramedic who spoke out about the chaos his local A&E departments has been banned from both hospitals. Stuart Gardner, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, was reprimanded after saying under-pressure emergency units were ‘not safe’.  He has since been told he is not welcome at hospitals in Worcester and Redditch. The comments were made by the paramedic of 26 years during an interview with the BBC. During it, he described how even before the winter pressures, patients were routinely treated in corridors at the Worcester Royal Hospital.

In fact, the practice was so commonplace that ‘there were labels along the corridor of the emergency department so staff could find the patients’. ‘Last Friday, there were 18 trolleys with sick patients,’ he said.  ‘There were ECGs being done, stitches, cannulas (a medical tube inserted into the body with a needle) – staff were doing everything in the corridor.  ‘I’ve never seen anything like it – and I do not believe it’s safe. it’s not good for the patients and their care is being jeapordised.’ Since then, however, Mr Gardner claims he was told he was ‘not welcome’ at either the Worcester hospital or the Redditch Alexandra Hospital.

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Banned: Stuart Gardner, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, was reprimanded after saying under-pressure emergency units were ‘not safe’

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