England Ambulance Calls Doubles Amid Staff Shortage

New data released by the General, Municipal, Boilermakers, and Allied Trade Union (GMB) revealed that the number of ambulance calls in England has nearly doubled in the last decade, in the midst of a paramedic staff shortage.

According to GMB, ambulance calls in the United Kingdom have risen to 14 million calls per year since 2010.

However, the National Health System (NHS) revealed that since 2018, over a thousand ambulance personnel have quit their employment in search of a “Better work-life balance, higher salary, or early retirement.”

GMB National Officer Rachel Harrison said that the staff shortage is due to the fact that ambulance personnel in the UK have been facing salary cuts for the last decade.

“It’s no wonder they are leaving in droves while the service itself is teetering on the brink of collapse,” said Harrison.

NHS data confirmed that in April of this year, the average response time for serious (Category 2) calls was 51 minutes, up from 20 minutes the previous year.

Harrison also expressed that GMB members who are ambulance personnel “Face unbelievable stress and even abuse while they do their best to administer care and save lives.”

The GMB called for “urgent” investment in the healthcare services across the UK and warned that the inability to do so will lead to “An unprecedented crisis.”

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