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GP drives patient to hospital to avoid "two hour wait" for ambulance

It's emerged a Darlington doctor drove a patient with a heart condition to hospital himself after being told there'd be a two hour wait for an ambulance car. The GP says he's seriously concerned about the mounting pressures on paramedics. The North East Ambulance Service says it's investigating.

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Ambulance workers vote for strike action

Ambulance workers are to stage a 24-hour strike in a long-running row over issues including cuts.

Unite said its 450 members in the Yorkshire service, including paramedics and other staff, will walk out on 2 April and ban overtime from 26 March.

The union warned that further strikes could be held.

Unite said the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust had derecognised the union after it raised concerns about patient safety over plans to make £46 million of savings over the next five years.

Union members voted by 61% in favour of strikes and 83% for other forms of industrial action.

Alcohol costs Ambulance service £9m in call outs

Injury and incidents related to alcohol is costing the economy £9 million in Ambulance call-outs.

The figures, from a collaborative study between Newcastle University, the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and the North East Alcohol Office (BALANCE), showed that a total of 31,000 call outs last year were alcohol related - equating to one in ten.