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102-year-old veteran's family incensed that ambulance took four hours to reach him

The family of a 102-year-old war veteran, who had to wait for an ambulance for four hours, have told ITV News Tyne Tees they're angry paramedics didn't get to him sooner.

Harold Beeforth, from Middlesbrough, was forced to spend four hours on the floor while he waited for an ambulance on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The former RAF corporal had fallen and sustained a head injury. His daughters say the whole 999 system needs an overhaul.

I was incensed and I still am angry.

Why should vulnerable people in this day and age in this society be left and why can't people just see that there's something wrong and deal with it?

– Linda Smith, Mr Beeforth's daughter

The North East Ambulance Service has apologised to Mr Beeforth and his family.

Corporal Beeforth in the 1940s Credit: The Beeforth Family


Ambulance service 'creaking at the seams'

Ambulance crews say the service is creaking at the seams after a 30 per cent increase in serious emergency calls.

In any one day they are now receiving two thousand calls across the North East.

Here is Paul Liversidge from the NEAS, who says the problem is not a lack of money, but rather the public calling out ambulances when it is not necessary.

Not such a happy festive season for paramedics

The region's paramedics in action. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The region's paramedics are facing the busiest year they can remember.

Tyne Tees has been following the North East Ambulance Service as they respond to calls between Christmas and New Year.

John Brown, team leader paramedic, says the festive season is not a happy time for everyone.


North East Ambulance Service failed to screen 125 staff for criminal records

A report by health regulator the Care Quality Commission has highlighted concerns with the North East Ambulance Service.

It found that 125 frontline ambulance staff had been recruited without any criminal record checks being carried out.

Simon Featherstone, the Chief Executive of the service, told ITV News Tyne Tees that they were "no excuses" for what happened.

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