‘Non-clinicians to 999 calls’ plan sparks row

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A row has broken out between ambulance bosses and unions over vehicles with no paramedics on board being sent to 999 calls.

Ambulances staffed only by lesser-qualified Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs) will now be responding to incidents in Yorkshire – including the most serious emergencies.

Unions have slammed the move, calling it “deeply concerning”, while ambulance workers said they would not want their relatives being attended by one of the non-paramedic teams.

 

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