Ambulance cuts on hold after 999 call-outs soar

Rescue: Crash victim Saira Khalid had to be taken to hospital in a fire engine

Rescue: Crash victim Saira Khalid had to be taken to hospital in a fire engine

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Under-fire ambulance chiefs have done a dramatic U-turn over cuts in the North West as the service struggles to cope with an avalanche of 999 calls.

Economies, which would have meant fewer paramedic crews on the road, have been shelved for at least nine months amid claims some emergencies are not being dealt with.

The change of heart follows a raft of complaints in Lancashire over the past 10 days from accident and blaze victims transported to hospital by fire crews, police or family because ambulances failed to show.

 

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