Unions have made conscious choice to inflict harm on patients, says Steve Barclay

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Public urged to take extra care and avoid getting drunk as Health Secretary criticises ambulance crews’ strike action,

Ambulance unions have made a conscious choice to inflict harm on patients by going ahead with strikes, the Health Secretary has said as the public is urged to avoid needless car journeys or getting drunk.

Around 25,000 paramedics and ambulance crews are due to take part in the first national strikes for more than 30 years on Wednesday, with 10 of 11 trusts in England and Wales affected.  

On Tuesday night, health leaders warned that Britain was entering “a very dangerous time” and said they “cannot guarantee patient safety” during the walkouts.

Ministers have urged the public not to embark on any “risky activity”, suggesting that needless car journeys, along with contact sport, should be avoided.

With the Christmas party season in full swing, NHS officials urged people to “drink responsibly” in a bid to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

In almost every part of the country, unions have refused to cover all but the most immediately life-threatening emergencies, meaning victims of heart attacks and strokes may be denied an ambulance…

Unions have made conscious choice to inflict harm on patients, says Steve Barclay

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