Over the last 8 years or so we have had some serious cutbacks in an attempt by the government to balance the books and to bring the country out of austerity.
But this has lead to cutbacks in social care and mental health too and much of the social care and mental health departments only work 9 – 5 because of staff shortages and they have huge waiting lists for the people who need their services, so the downward spiral starts.
This then puts pressure on the ambulance and police service to try and help these people who have social issues or mental health issues, and then they get taken to A&E so slowing that down because what staff they have who could help only work 9 – 5 because of cutbacks.
We will always have people calling for an ambulance and in most cases, an ambulance is probably required to help someone who is having a really bad day. BUT equally, we will also get people calling an ambulance because they cannot get a GP appointment for a couple of weeks thinking they will go to the front of the queue but very rarely does, not unless its life-threatening of course.
So until this is looked at and funding is placed in the areas such as mental health, social care issues, more GPs, this will fall on the A&E departments which are at breaking point, Ambulance services, Police services, and charities who provide these services.
So, do we need to call an ambulance? if it’s life-threatening YES.