Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is backing concerns over the use of police cars to take patients to hospital.
A report at the weekend revealed a growing trend for police officers to take seriously ill people to hospital because of a shortage of ambulances nationally.
Vera Baird QC has backed the concerns that can leave police cars out of action and raised this at the highest level within Northumbria Police.
She said: “Police vehicles are a valuable resource and essential in reducing crime. It’s clearly not ideal for them to be used to take people to hospital.
“These situations are often life or death and it’s in the tradition of the police service that officers will do everything they can to protect members of the public and step in where necessary.
“While, this is commendable, it’s not right that the police service should be doing the role of another emergency service, especially when they are not qualified to do so.
“I have raised this at the highest level within Northumbria Police and the Chief Constable is looking into it.”
Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner joins other PCCs in raising concerns about the issue.
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