Al­most 500 hoax calls to am­bu­lance

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AM­BU­LANCE dis­patch­ers have been called out to deal with al­most 500 hoax calls across the north. New fig­ures show 497 ma­li­cious calls have been made to the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice’s north con­trol room from 2014 to date. How­ever, the num­ber of calls fell from 120 in 2017 to 65 in 2018. The north area cov­ers the Grampian re­gion, along with the High­lands and north­ern and west­ern isles. Mean­while, more than 2,000 ma­li­cious calls were dealt with by the ser­vice’s east con­trol room which takes in An­gus and the Mearns to the north. An­gus MP Kirstene Hair, who rep­re­sents Brechin and Mon­trose within her con­stituency, has called for tougher ac­tion to be taken on prank call­ers. She said: “I can only imag­ine the frus­tra­tion of call han­dlers and paramedics who just want to be where it counts the most. “The in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble for re­duc­ing the re­source avail­able to at­tend emer­gency re­sponses must never for­get that their prank call could lead to the dif­fer­ence be­tween life or death on an­other call.” A to­tal of 7,411 were recorded across Scot­land dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod, in­clud­ing ma­li­cious calls about se­ri­ous med­i­cal emer­gen­cies in­clud­ing preg­nan­cies, stab­bings and over­doses.

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