Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]
Alarm has been expressed in the press at isolated instances of
the employment of the ambulance service in trivial and unjustifiable
circumstances. The assurance is given to the Council and the
public that with the system of ' call-out ' employed and careful
scrutiny, abuse of the service has been negligible.
Table 32. AMBULANCE SERVICES.
|No. of vehicles at 31st December 1949||Total No. of journeys during the year||Total No. of patients carried during the year||No. of accident and other emergency journeys included in total No. of journeys during the year||Total mileage during the year||No. of paid whole-time staff at 31/12/49|
|Directly provided by Council||Ambulances Cars||5||6,559||10,200||801||61,900||26|
AMBULANCE SERVICES. Journeys and Mileage Analysis, 1949.
|Nature of .Journey||Ambulances||Cars|
|No. of journeys||Mileage||No. of journeys||Mileage|
|Ministry of Pensions||5||290||91||3,173|
|For Essex C.C.||34||340||11||84|
|For West Ham||29||255||3||17|
* Including infectious diseases.
NOTE.—In addition to the above, it was necessary during the year under review
for cars to be hired from a private hire firm in the district on 167
occasions involving 277 patients.