Notes From the Margins…

Don’t Call an Ambulance

  • April 13, 2011
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So the London Ambulance Service will now have to lose 560 frontline jobs, 20 percent of the total.   So, according to Unison’s regional organiser, Phil Thompson, “These cuts are so deep they may not heal. If allowed to be carried out they will put at risk the many Londoners who rely on the LAS every day.”

And now John Heyworth, president of the College of Emergency Medicine tells us

The emergency care system is struggling to cope at the moment… Many departments spend their time firefighting because of the number of patients coming in, the limited number of emergency department staff and limited availability of beds.

Too much whinging here.   There is a solution to both these problems.   Firstly, if you yourself are injured, shot, hit by a car or suffering from a heart attack, don’t call an ambulance and place any further strain on essential services.  Ditto if you come across someone else who requires emergency assistance.

Think of this restraint as a patriotic duty and an opportunity to give something back to the Big Society in its time of need, especially if you happen to be elderly and incapacitated.  I’m serious.   Fit and healthy young men and women have an opportunity at least to join the armed forces and get killed for their country.  Why can’t people who are not youthful, fit or healthy have the same opportunity instead of selfishly draining away the country’s much-needed resources just to keep themselves alive for a little longer?

Why should say, a victim of a road accident (with enough income to afford a car and probably driving badly in the first place)  assume that the state will just come in and help them just because they may be bleeding to death?

Surely, readers,  you know someone who is chronically ill and may need an ambulance?

Perhaps you are on the point of calling one yourself?

Refrain from this self- indulgence.  Just think of the national debt, think of the sacrifices we are all making, remember the Blitz spirit,  close your eyes and die with a smile on your face.

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  1. mark

    21st Jan 2015 - 3:43 pm

    its you being so cheerful as keeps us going

    • Matt

      22nd Jan 2015 - 3:39 pm

      Anything to help…

  2. mark

    22nd Jan 2015 - 12:30 pm

    now then matt, looks like you need to get a better gag writer!! – As the kippers are now suggesting that unemployed should be banned from driving. I wonder where that one will go. Perhaps if you are unemployed as you are not paying any taxes you wont get to go into A&E or be educated, I suppose that if you are only a part time work then you should only be allowed to drive part time and so on!!!

    • Matt

      22nd Jan 2015 - 3:39 pm

      Good suggestions Mark! You ought to send them to IDS if he hasn’t thought about them already. I mean, why should you go to A&E really, if you don’t have a job?

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