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Pensioner with a broken neck waits on floor for paramedics for six hours

A pensioner who broke her neck after a fall at home was left lying on the floor and in pain for six hours while she waited for an ambulance.

Shirley Raycraft, who's still in hospital, is from Worthing. Because her injury was rated as a category C paramedics should have been with her within 30 minutes - instead they took twelve times longer to arrive.

South East Coast Ambulance Service, which is already in special measures, has apologised.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Alan Raycraft, Baroness Angela Smith and Nigel Sweet, paramedic and UNISON steward.

SECAmb report: we will do 'all we can to support staff and eradicate poor behaviour'

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A report, commissioned by South East Coast Ambulance Service itself, has concluded that staff lived in a culture of fear and that sexual harassment and bullying was commonplace.

It is in debt and regarded as "inadequate" but new Chief Executive Daren Mochrie, who started in April, says he will turn things around.

SECAmb was placed in special measures by the health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, last year.

Today's report by Professor Duncan Lewis from Plymouth University follows a number of resignations at the Trust by senior managers.

SECAmb covers Kent, Surrey, Sussex and north east Hampshire.

Earlier, Fred spoke to Chief Executive Daren Mochrie himself.


'Our ambulance have 400,000 miles on the clock' - special measures for scandal-hit Ambulance Trust

Delayed ambulances and not answering 999 calls quick enough - just two of the reasons a scandal-hit ambulance trust has been put into special measures.

A damning report into the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) - which covers Sussex, Surrey and North-East Hampshire - also found other serious concerns, including:

- Response times not meeting national targets.

- Patients giving up on calls for help, especially on weekends.

- Not enough staff, impacting on performance and fatigue.

- A culture of harassment and bullying of staff.

So what now for the troubled trust?

Andy Dickenson speaks to Ben Williams, Geraint Davies, acting chief executive of Secamb, Alan Thorne of the Care Quality Commission, David Liley of Healthwatch, and Nigel Sweet from Unison.