Police: Stop using us as ambulance drivers!!

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Police: Stop using us as ambulance drivers!!

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Senior police chiefs begin national inquiry into mounting concerns their staff are being forced to act as ambulance drivers and having to administer rudimentary first aid at scene
According to senior officers, patrol cars and other police vehicles are being used to transport sick patients to hospital when ambulances are unavailable.

In some cases, officers are even having to administer rudimentary first aid to patients at the scene.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has now opened a national investigation into the practice, amid a growing belief that police officers are being diverted from front-line crime duties to help ferry the sick to hospital.

The inquiry, which is being led by a chief constable, follows the death of Joseph McIntosh, a 56-year-old man who suffered a stroke at home, but who was taken to hospital in the back of a police van. MORE
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Re: Police: Stop using us as ambulance drivers!!

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I'm a strong believer, as I have commented before, that the police should be screening calls very robustly to avoid doing jobs that should be done by other agencies. However, it's difficult in a situation like this when life is at risk and one can only commend the officers involved for doing the best they could under the circumstances.
It seems strange that the ambulance service didn't have overlapping shifts to avoid the situation of none being available or that none of the staff due to go off didn't take the call and risk being late off, as police often do.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
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