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3,325 Local hoax calls in three years putting lives at risk, Lib Dems warn

October 9, 2020 12:00 PM

The Liberal Democrats have warned malicious calls to the ambulance service are putting lives at risk as they reveal 3,325 hoax calls have been made over the last three years.

With the UK in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson has 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 Liberal Democrats under freedom of information reveal there have been 23,942 hoax calls recorded by nine out of England's ten ambulance services in the last three years.

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

"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."

Hinckley Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Mullaney said:

"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.

"Our NHS services here in Hinckley and more widely in the East Midlands are overstretched and underfunded. This kind of irresponsible behaviour just puts more pressure on our hardworking NHS staff."

Michael Mullaney and the local Lib Dems are campaigning for the return of X-ray services to Hinckley

Our NHS services are already overstretched locally the levels of hoax calls are putting even more pressure on hardworking NHS staff