The Leader podcast: 999 crews ‘stuck outside A&E for whole shift’

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Hospitals ordered to eliminate ambulance queues (PA) (PA Archive)
Hospitals ordered to eliminate ambulance queues (PA) (PA Archive)

The Leader’s joined by Colm Porter, Unison national officer representing 20,000 paramedics, ambulance technicians and emergency care assistants.

He is urging government action to help free up ambulance crews battling Covid-fuelled backlogs and rocketing stress levels as casualty departments fill up.

Now it’s being revealed some ambulance crews can spend their working day ‘stacked’ outside hospitals and as the NHS waiting times crisis deepens, delays hit record highs and 5.8 million people across England await their treatment starting. How has it come to this?

We ask what the risk levels are going into winter and how this crucial emergency role has changed post-Covid.

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