‘Cuts... what cuts?’ – Ambulance chief insists high-profile 999 delays are not due to ‘lack of resources’

Simon Featherstone, North East Ambulance Service chief executive.

Simon Featherstone, North East Ambulance Service chief executive.

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THE outgoing chief of the North East Ambulance Service today insisted that 999 delays are not being caused by a “lack of resources”.

Simon Featherstone, chief executive of the NEAS, agreed to speak to the Mail after his organisation came under fire following a number of high-profile delays including the death of pensioner William Gouldburn.

Ambulances attended the football pitches at Grayfields on Sunday morning after a player reportedly broke his leg.

Ambulances attended the football pitches at Grayfields on Sunday morning after a player reportedly broke his leg.

But despite a coroner, union chiefs and senior NEAS staff all pointing to a lack of resources as a key factor in a two-hour delay in reaching the stricken pensioner, Mr Featherstone refused to accept that funding cuts were an issue.

 

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