Ambulance crews stretched to 'breaking point' by stress
THE ambulance service for Notts is being stretched to crisis point, it is claimed – with one in six workers signed off sick with stress.
The stark warning comes as figures showed 477 people out of a total workforce of 2,700 were signed off for this reason in one year.
Senior paramedic Alan Marwood, 61, who is in charge of three ambulance stations in Notts – and who was signed off with stress for 13 weeks after being called out to a lorry crash which killed two young men – said: "We are dealing with more calls, and the expectation on people's shoulders is greater. "It feels like we're being stretched to more than breaking point."
The East Midlands Ambulance Service says the number of 999 calls it has received has steadily increased, with 776,083 being made in 2011-12. It is employing more frontline staff and helping staff cope.
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