Paramedics tell of death & despair as A&E delays mount
Sunday People|January 17, 2021
PEOPLE are dying while waiting for ambulances, as crews get stuck for hours trying to drop off Covid patients at hospitals, paramedics have said.
Nicola Small

Exhausted ambulance workers also told a survey by the GMB union they are terrified of going to work because of inadequate PPE.

Many are trapped for hours in their cramped vehicles with coronavirus patients, wearing nothing but a “paper” mask for protection.

The poll of more than 2,500 staff found three-quarters are at breaking point – with colleagues regularly seen sobbing on shifts.

As the UK death toll rose by 1,295 yesterday, one paramedic spoke of his horror at seeing a taxi pull up in an ambulance bay with a dead man whose wife was crying out for help.

Another said some patients were dying at home because there were no crews to collect them.

Charlotte Faulkner, 32, a paramedic in the south of England for 12 years, said: “It’s horrific. Morale is at rock bottom.

“Every day there will be colleagues crying – they just say they are exhausted. I cry all the time too.

“We are all completely burnt out. And on top of that we are all petrified.

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