Police chief shares EMAS concerns after incidents in east Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police  Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
  • Top cop speaks out on county medical cover

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has raised concerns over ambulance cover after officers had to take patients to hospital.

Mr Rhodes’ concerns came after police in Boston and Lincoln ended up working as ambulance cover last weekend which led the Chief Constable to claim that “EMAS needs to be properly resourced”.

In the latest of a series of blogs about Lincolnshire Police, Mr Rhodes said: “It just can’t be right that police officers are regularly needed to take people from the scenes of accidents or road traffic collisions to hospital because the Ambulance Service just does not have the resources available to cope.

“The public deserve a better service and my officers cannot be asked to fill the gap that exists at times.

“We are, on many occasions, the service of last resort and when there is no one else available to help, I always want it to be that a police officer is prepared to step into the breach.

“But when what should be an exceptional occurrence is becoming a regular occurrence then it’s up to me to say and do something about it.

We are, on many occasions, the service of last resort and when there is no one else available to help, I always want it to be that a police officer is prepared to step into the breach

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes

“A picture readily emerges of an ambulance service that is under-resourced, in comparison with the demands placed upon it across the East Midlands, a problem that is exacerbated by the fact that ambulance crews can spend an inordinate amount of time queueing in busy hospitals waiting to hand over their patients.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service associate director of operations Pete Ripley said: “We work closely with our colleagues in the police to ensure that patients they encounter are properly assessed by our control team to determine what response they need.

“We are in contact with Lincolnshire Police to understand which incidents they are referring to.”

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