Firefighters are trained to both remain calm and to help others calm down in times of crisis. You don’t see many calendars of topless accountants or game developers. Paramedics could be granted the power to prescribe medication in a bid to cut down on thousands of unnecessary hospital visits and free up GPs, it is reported.
It said none of its paramedics were working for Hereford County Hospital.
Torbay Hospital, in Devon, has already taken on three paramedics for its emergency department, one of whom transferred directly across from the area’s ambulance service.
At some hospitals paramedics do everything from triaging patients as they come in, treating them and discharging them. Kevin Brandstatter, national officer of the GMB union, said: ‘The use of paramedics to undertake treatment of patients in A&E departments is one example of the crisis facing the NHS.‘Government pay policy has led to severe staff shortages, with 10 per cent of nursing staff leaving within 12 months.‘Paramedics have complained of their ever increasing workload, stress, and danger from potentially violent patients.‘One answer to the staffing crisis is for the Government to lift the cap on public sector pay and ensure that the salaries attract new staff to the NHS and encourage those working in hospitals and ambulance trusts not to leave.’In the Kent area, where hospitals advertised for in-house paramedics this month, there is currently a paramedic shortage.
The vacancy rate at the South East Coast Ambulance Trust (SECAMB) is around 16 per cent.
Up to 5 per cent of paramedic posts are unfilled at South West Ambulance Service Trust, which serves Torbay, and around 30 posts are vacant at East Midlands Ambulance Service, which covers Kettering, according to the latest available figures.