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Ambulances under pressure at night whilst GP's get to sleep

By Michelle Duffy     Mar 5, 2007 in Health
Ambulance services are hit with more calls as we think that GP's are less likely to be on duty at night.
The BBC have leaked today that an increasing number of 999 calls are due the public believing that there are insufficient numbers of GP's on duty after working hours.
Since the campaign was released for chest pain awareness, calls to the ambulance service have gone up dramatically. Although dailing 999 is the right thing to do when experiencing severe chest pains, ambulances are still getting called out unecessarily for minor ailments, not forgetting a regular flow of hoax calls.
The North East of the UK and the West Midlands are said to suffering the most with calls to ambulance control centres up 20%, since protocols have changed taking some of the responisblities away from GP's and handing them over to paramedics on the road.
According to the Department of Health, 'ambulance control centres dealt with 6 million calls in 2005 to 2006.'
Ambulance service union member, Ray Carrick said, "There's people thinking that in the night time, there's no GP service avaliable, therefore, the only option they have is to ring 999."
People are asked to try phoning their local emergency GP before reaching to dail 999, particulary for minor incidents.
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