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Halstead: Paramedic's concern over ambulance response times
5:00pm Friday 1st February 2013 in News
Heart attack patients are more likely to survive in Colchester than rural villages around Halstead because they have more resources, claims a paramedic.
Halstead has a frontline ambulance and there are teams of volunteer first responders in the town and in some surrounding villages, who respond to immediately life-threatening calls such as patients who have had a cardiac arrests or are unconscious.
But the paramedic, who wished to remain anonymous, said the ambulance is often diverted to Colchester, where there is high demand.
The East of England Ambulance has just under 1,500 paramedics and is in the process of recruiting 199 new paramedics and emergency care assistants across the region, which includes Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.