Another day, another desperate NHS headline about A & E . I have long observed and often stated that in spite of safer roads and less work accidents we see more ambulances than ever shooting past on "blues and twos" . It simply makes no sense and points to blatant abuse of the service. Somebody showed an item on social media yesterday with a picture of a coastguard member and an ambulance with a sticker on the side stating "you don't call you coastguard if you fall into a puddle", so why do so many of us call 999 for the smallest ache and pain?
Answer = we have created an incapable society. People are in the mindset that they cannot look after themselves and the smallest bump warrants a trip to A&E. Everything nowadays is somebody else's job to sort.
Furthermore, drunks should be sent a bill for their treatment. If the alcohol they buy is heavily taxed so can the consequences be - many of them may think twice prior to embarking on a binge at the weekends.
A relative of mine spent a day on the ambulances with a 999 team. She told me that most of the day they were a taxi service for the inebriated - free and fast to boot!
The great British public cannot expect A&E to work as they would wish whilst they continue to abuse it. We need to get tough and turf some attendees out. Make the minor injury people who should not be there wait for 12 hours and they will soon stop coming.