Will Forster

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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1,448 local hoax calls in three years is putting lives at risk

by willforster on 9 October, 2020

The Lib Dems and I have warned malicious calls to the ambulance service are putting lives at risk, following the news that 1,448 hoax calls have been made across the South East Coast Ambulance Service area over the last three years.

With the UK in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Lib Dems have warned Ministers must ensure ambulance services have the resources they need to educate people over the dangers that malicious calls pose.

Figures uncovered by the Lib Dems under the Freedom of Information Act reveal there have been 23,942 hoax calls recorded by nine out of England’s ten ambulance services in the last three years.

Anyone who maliciously calls for an ambulance is putting lives in danger.  An ambulance that is diverted to a hoax is one that is unavailable to save a life elsewhere. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we all know the strain that our health staff are under.  Ministers must therefore ensure ambulance services have the resources they need to educate people over the dangers that malicious calls pose.

The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat.  It is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk and people are rightly worried about their loved ones. The people in our ambulance service are putting their lives on the line every single day to protect us.  In turn, we have a moral obligation to do all we can to protect them.

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