NHS: Ambulances are not taxis

In reply to Mr McRobb about the hospital in Cramlington (News Post Leader, January 11), don’t you watch the news?

The NHS is in crisis; its services are so stretched that patients are dying prematurely.

Ambulances are for getting ill people to hospital, not for running discharged people home.

The festive season is the busiest time of the year for A&E so to expect staff to get your relative home is ridiculous, even if they do live on the doorstep. Friends, family, relatives or taxis are there to step in for these instances.

The NHS staff are doing a brilliant job in the most trying circumstances. Be thankful that your relative got the speedy treatment she needed, was discharged in a stable condition and could go home. Many haven’t been so lucky.

Mrs Dobson

Bedlington

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