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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.

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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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'Failure in care' in paramedic case

A coroner said there was a failure in care by the North East Ambulance Service for a man who died from a heart attack after a paramedic refused to administer drugs.

An inquest into the death of Grahame Giles, 61, was opened after a previous coroner was not made aware of all the facts.

These included that Brian Jewers, the paramedic in question who worked for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), was struck off following the incident in 2008.