Hospitals have been told to cancel non-emergency operations in the new year to prepare for a post-Christmas surge in demand.
Emergency call handlers and control room staff at the region’s ambulance service are being abused nearly every day by people they are trying to help.
A day of celebration recognised almost 200 staff and volunteers from the region’s ambulance service.
Ambulance staff have been praised for their commitment to ensuring new response standards for crews to reach sick patients went live.
Rail passengers are being asked not to pull the emergency cord if there is a medical emergency on board a train.
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