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Police officers taking victims to hospital on daily basis
4:10pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Echo News
POLICE officers are taking victims of crime to hospital on a daily basis in Essex because of a lack of ambulances.
Rather than spending the crucial period after a crime trying to track down the criminal they are often tied up trying to get treatment for the injured.
And if ambulances do not arrive they take them instead.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has backed officers who help victims and called on the ambulance service to improve response times and increase the number of ambulances available.
Speaking to the Police Oracle he said: “What we have done is get the ambulance service in to account for why they are in the position they are and to see how they are working to improve their position.
“They are recruiting and they are changing their systems to improve their demand management but that is going to take months.
“So in the meantime I need to support my officers in doing the right thing.”
In response to the concerns a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We recognise the need for back-up time improvements and have already revealed plans to address this by putting in place a raft of measures including 140 new frontline staff, better rotas and liaising with hospitals to reduce handover times.”