Union leaders claim patients have been forced to wait hours in GPs for ambulances, putting increasing pressure on health workers.
The British Medical Association (BMA) – the doctors’ union – has now issued a warning against “getting worse rather than better” after NHS data showed patients had to wait hours for ambulances.
Dr. Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioner Committee, says people are stuck in paramedic waiting rooms, forcing staff to give treatments and increasing waiting times.
He told the PA news agency: “It results in the practices treating said patients without the necessary equipment and expertise.
“Some patients choose to go to their GP office instead of calling 999 and when the GP realizes the situation they take action and need an ambulance to get there. Every second counts.
“There have been examples of practices giving people oxygen while waiting for paramedics and going out and finding additional sources of oxygen.”
Dar Vautrey added that the length of waiting times for ambulances was due to a “historic lack of investment” in the NHS, claiming the government had been warned that if it did not support primary care operations, things would get worse.
He added: “At the start of the pandemic there weren’t enough staff (numbers) and we don’t have the leeway to cope with the currently increasing demand, so we are under tremendous pressure.
“We have seen a real surge in demand for health services.
“People are still getting sick from Covid-19, 100 people or more per day are still dying and we are seeing other respiratory diseases and large numbers of people who have been delayed with health with the best of intentions during the pandemic with health to come to the service Problems that need attention and that means more patients need treatment. “
Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said, “When a general practitioner office calls an ambulance, it is because a patient is in need of emergency treatment or care that the office cannot provide. It is important that it be Calls are not treated with priority.
“While GPs are clinical facilities manned by highly qualified doctors, practices may not have all of the equipment or appropriate medication needed in an emergency situation.
“We understand the significant pressures our ambulance colleagues face, pressures that are equal to the chances of getting the best possible outcome across the NHS, including general practitioners.”
College of Paramedics medic and spokesman Richard Webber said patient waiting times were unacceptable, adding, “We have members who have worked for 20, 30 years and have never seen anything like this at this point in the year.
“Everyday services hold hundreds of 999 calls that no one can send.
“The ambulance service just doesn’t offer the level of service it should – patients wait too long and that puts them at risk.”
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