Surge in calls to 999 service

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CALLS to East Midlands Ambulance Service over the weekend went up by six per cent compared to the same period the year before.

Phil Milligan, chief executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, which covers areas including Chesterfield and the Peak District, has praised staff and volunteers for the way they responded to the surge in demand.

Monday was the busiest day with 2,387 calls - around 100 an hour.

He said: “Whilst most members of the public were celebrating the Jubilee, it was business as usual for those on the front-line. We introduced additional resources to help us cope.

“As usual, our staff and volunteers did a fantastic job providing the best care possible.”

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