CHANGE THE AMBULANCE SERVICE STATUS FROM ESSENTIAL TO EMERGENCY AFTER COVID-19

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As you may or may not know, the UK Ambulance Service is classed by the government as an essential service. We are emergency workers in but name only. I want to change that.

After the new outbreak of Covid-19, our years of underfunding and neglect are easy for all to see. Despite our passion and love for the jobs we do, we are struggling. Struggling to find the essential PPE that we so desperately need. Struggling to keep up with the demands of the service due to pre-existing low staffing levels. Staffing levels which have only reduced since many of them have needed to stay at home to self isolate or protect themselves as they fit into the severe risk categories. We have vehicles that rapidly become not fit for purpose. Our vehicles are run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Despite the best efforts of our exemplary fleet mechanics, they are not miracle workers! 

The list goes on. Whilst I wouldn’t dream of doing any other job and I am proud to stand side by side with thousands of my colleagues all over the UK who give nothing but their best, my heart aches for the state in which our service struggles to survive.

We needed Emergency Service status years ago! Please change this now!!!  Thank you x