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Staffing emergency as 999 workforce shrinks while demand increases, data shows

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Staff emergency: 999 workers shrink as demand increases, data shows

  • Analysis of the post shows NHS ambulance crew numbers fell despite rising demand
  • From October to March, the number remained above 18,000 but now stands at 17,847
  • Health secretary told he’s ‘done everything’ for wait times by a member of the public

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Ambulance numbers are falling despite rising demand, according to an analysis by the Daily Mail.

The workforce in England has increased since April 2019 but has fallen for three months in a row, analysis of NHS figures shows.

From October last year to March this year, the number stayed above 18,000, while it now stands at 17,847, the lowest since September last year.

Ambulance staff in England have increased since April 2019 but have fallen for three months in a row, analysis of NHS figures shows.  Pictured: Paramedics at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel

Ambulance staff in England have increased since April 2019 but have fallen for three months in a row, analysis of NHS figures shows. Pictured: Paramedics at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel

“You ruined everything!” An angry member of the public (right) interrupted an interview with Health Minister Steve Barclay (left) yesterday to ask why the government has done ‘nothing’ about NHS waiting times for ambulances outside London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital

The largest paramedics’ union said workers left in droves because of “incredible stress and even abuse” while trying to provide care.

An angry member of the public interrupted an interview with the health minister yesterday to ask why the government has done ‘nothing’ about waiting times.

The woman, walking past Moorfields Eye Hospital in central London, where Steve Barclay had visited, asked, ‘Are you going to do something about the waiting ambulances and the dying people?’

She added: “You’ve already done everything… People have died and all you’ve done is nothing.” It follows weeks of horror stories about ambulance delays, including those of elderly people waiting up to 40 hours for an ambulance.

From October last year to March this year, ambulance crews remained above 18,000, while it is now 17,847, the lowest since September last year.

From October last year to March this year, ambulance crews remained above 18,000, while it is now 17,847, the lowest since September last year.

From October last year to March this year, ambulance crews remained above 18,000, while it is now 17,847, the lowest since September last year.

A third of ambulance workers have seen cases where patient deaths were linked to delays, according to a survey of members of the GMB.

National Officer Rachel Harrison said, “It’s no wonder ambulance crews are leaving in droves…the service is teetering on the brink of disaster.”

The Ministry of Health could not be reached for comment.