Ambulance service bungled collection of official records on missed callout times
THE Liverpool ECHO can today reveal how crucial official records showing why ambulances missed call-out times to life-threatening incidents are worthless. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has launched an investigation into how it managed to bungle the collection of records of when ambulances failed to arrive at their destination within the eight-minute target due to technology faults.
NWAS originally told the ECHO in response to a Freedom Of Information (FOI) Act request that there was a huge increase in the number of times it had missed the waiting time due to faults in technology. The service said there were 53 such cases in 2009, jumping to 120 in 2010 and 403 in 2011.
David Bartlett | Liverpool Echo | 13th of August
Civil servants spend £1.15bn on taxpayer-funded credit card (including £837 for one chair)
Public servants racked up £1.15billion on taxpayer-funded credit cards last year – a rise of more than £160million since David Cameron pledged to cut spending on them.
Figures reveal how high-ranking public- sector workers blew the money on expenses including five-star hotel stays, meals at fine restaurants and Apple iPads.
They are deeply embarrassing for the Prime Minister who, during his general election campaign, spoke of his outrage at ‘hideous waste’ and vowed to reduce the cost of the cards.
Kirsty Walker | Mail Online | 13th August 2012
Hospitals throw out £150k of meals a year
Patient meals worth nearly £150,000 were thrown away last year in Greater Manchester hospitals, the M.E.N. can reveal. Figures obtained under freedom of information laws show that thousands of dishes were wasted across the region – at a cost of £146,752.
Bosses said that some of the food was untouched by patients and in some cases kitchens were producing too many meals. The ‘waste’ table was topped by Tameside Hospital, which threw away 44,876 meals last year – or 863 per week – with each meal cost almost £1, according to bosses.
Manchester Evening News | 13th August 2012