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Labour: Draft in ex-nurses to ease NHS burden

Labour would draft in former nurses to help ease the burden on accident and emergency departments, Ed Miliband has said.

GPs could also be installed in hospitals to cool pressure on the straining service, the Labour leader added.

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Fire engines 'used as makeshift ambulances'

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has claimed fire engines are being used as makeshift ambulances to help overstretched A&E services.

It said the A&E crisis was a "direct result of the government's failed austerity agenda."

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said “The public are being put at risk because the government have cut staff, resources and equipment in both the NHS and fire and rescue service.

“In certain incidences firefighters have been diverted away from doing their own work to cover for mistakes made by this government in the NHS.

“The knock on effect means that vital fire prevention work will be compromised as well as the ability to respond to other fire emergencies at a time of year where firefighters are expecting to deal with an increased number of flooding incidents across the UK."

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