Military drafted in to help Lincolnshire ambulance service amid 'intense pressure'

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Military personnel will support East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) in regions including Lincolnshire as the service struggles with the demand caused by staff shortages.

A total of 60 military personnel will be helping EMAS with 'responding to non-emergency patients in the coming weeks.'

They will work alongside Urgent Care ambulance crews in order to help reduce delays currently being experienced by non-emergency patients across the region.

Ben Holdaway, director of operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community have continued to rise, and we have seen an increased number of EMAS staff needing to self-isolate or be absent due to testing positive for COVID-19.

“Combined with the intense pressure the whole NHS system is under, and the high demand on our service, some of our less urgent and non-emergency patients are waiting longer for an ambulance than they should rightfully expect.

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