Earlier this week I was contacted by The Mail on Sunday and offered an opportunity to raise awareness on a national platform of my concerns about the ambulance service cuts. For some time, The Mail has been campaigning against A&E closures around the country and was interested in the impact the cuts were having on the ambulance service. It goes without saying that the simultaneous depletion of two key emergency services are linked.
Presented with the opportunity to write in a national newspaper, I was conflicted. I wrestled with my conscience - was it the right thing to do? Would giving account of my morale and health-destroying experiences and the tremendous pressure my former colleagues continue to face be constructive and lead to a better ambulance service for patients and staff? I know many ambulance personnel would have come forward already, but for fear of their jobs. Because of my back injury, as of August this year I am no longer employed, so there is no such fear remaining for me. My attempts earlier in the week to appeal to the EEAST chief executive, Hayden Newton, had seemingly fallen on deaf ears. Perhaps this is the last service I can do for my former colleagues.
I had to try.