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2 1/4 hour delay for an ambulance for a casualty on a spinal board

By philtaylorphoto  
8 December 2019. Moss Bank Way, Johnson Fold, Bolton. Pictures show scene of RTC on Moss Bank Way opposite the row of shops/pelican crossing. A male cyclist was involed in a collision with a car around 15:0. First medics on the scene were firefighters who placed the casualty on a spinal board, they were followed by a paranedic responder, however, an ambulance capable of taking the casualty to hospital didn't turn up until 17:25. This meant police, firefighters (and fire engine) were kept from other jobs for over 2 hours whilst waiting for it to arrive. The car involved in the incident had long since been permitted to leave the scene.The casualty wasw finally loaded into the ambulance at 17:57NOTE, times of the photos are accurate, but the camera clock is still set to BST, so 1 hr later than actual time.

Tags: Photo journalism Rta Ambulance delay

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philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
9 Dec 2019 7:34PM

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
9 Dec 2019 9:38PM
I bet Boris will have soemthing glib to say about this, too...
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
9 Dec 2019 10:51PM
He's not having my phone.
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
9 Dec 2019 10:54PM
It's not the most dramatic photo, but coupled with the text it tells a powerful story. Our local hospital is also over capacity.

The ambulance service only went into apology mode when they were directly asked about the delay.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
10 Dec 2019 7:09AM
The NHS suffers from rapidly-increasing demand, partly driven by poor social services, and a thoroughly private-sector model (incolving charging, and thus a massive mechanism for generating charges, and checking them) within the entirely public-sector organisation. There's also a strong top-down mentality.

This is coupled with a lot of hardworking, dedicated staff, who have to waste too much time and effort on making the sytem work. Thatcher and Lansley have a lot to answer for...
bluesandtwos 10 426 1 England
10 Dec 2019 8:50AM
I was with the emergency services for 20 years and I really feel for the ambulance crews who often have to take the brunt of the anger and fear of the people needing them. They do an unbelievably good job, but the system is broken, it's the same for the Police and I'm sure it won't be long before the Fire goes the same.
I am proud of what the services do, they cope with sights that most people only have nightmares about, they suffer abuse from the drunk, the drugged, the frightened and the plain stupid yet these are the same people who call them when in trouble. I've been on jobs where the brain dead have thrown stones at us.
Politicians praise the services then cut resources, and pensions whilst giving themselves pay rises, it's a wonder we don't have anarchy!
To fix it all? Ask the people on the front lines, the people who do the work, the ones who clear up the blood and the body parts. Ask them what they need to do their jobs efficiently then badger the inept and immoral politicians to spend OUR money to give these wonderful, brave people the tools and the staff to do their jobs. Grrr.Sad

Sorry, rant over.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
10 Dec 2019 11:09AM
I entirely agree, Dave.

As I wrote, it's a top-down system, and sticking your head above the parapet to point out sensible improvements can be a quick route to a different working environment...

But the people on the front line know most of the problems, and usually have solutions to offer. If asked, and encouraged.

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