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Bad drivers delaying ambulances, say paramedics

Patients' lives are being put at risk by bad drivers who delay ambulances, according to the College of Paramedics.

The body's executive officer, Martin Berry, said road users were not taking appropriate action when ambulances approached.

Reporter Jim Connolly went on duty with the East of England Ambulance service for BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast and saw how drivers responded when they drove to an emergency.

Paramedic Dean Jay told him, "It has got harder for us to make progress. It seems the public are either not familiar with what to do, or unwilling to help us."

The Department for Transport said drivers should take appropriate action to let ambulances pass and could use CCTV as evidence to overturn traffic offences caused as a result.

  • 03 Jun 2014
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