The Secret 999 Policy Not To Send Ambulances To The Terminally Ill

Same Difference

I’m absolutely shocked. Why isn’t this front page news?

To someone who campaigns based on the belief that every life is equally valuable, this is just simply heartbreaking.

More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients.

Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.

An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill andto those who had given instructions not to resuscitate.

It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics in eight minutes, people reporting life-threatening illnesses were given a call back up to 20 minutes later, or had to wait up…

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