I write to express my serious concern regarding the latest diminution of the precious ambulance service in England.
I understand that in some parts of the country, in some emergency ambulances there will no longer be a paramedic… to save money.
Some ambulances are run by privateers who may count profit before the care of patients; they have to make money for shareholders and seem able, somehow, to salve their consciences about making profits from the sickness and need of their patients.
This is another insidious example of the iniquitous privatisation of the NHS for which I worked for 40 years.
I find this incredible and totally unacceptable. Why are we as a country not shouting this from the rooftops?
From my Scotland perspective, where we have not accepted privatisation of our health service, I worry that should there be a No vote in the independence referendum we too will suffer the same fate as those in Englandshire. This reinforces my decision to vote Yes.
Patricia Farrington MBE
Isle of Islay