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Retiree left lying in the road after fall
12:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
AN elderly man has criticised the ambulance service after he was left lying in the road for 40 minutes.
Graham Turner, 83, was walking his collie dog Holly on Rectory Road in Little Oakley when it got involved in a fight with a Staffordshire bull terrier.
After breaking up the scuffle Mr Turner was exhausted and fell over in the middle of the road causing injuries to his hands and thumbs as well as cuts and bruises.
“I finished up in the middle of the road and was unable to move. I was stuck there for a long time."
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a fall at 13.50 and the call was graded under a green two category which requires us to respond within 30 minutes. "An ambulance arrived at 14.30 whose injuries were not life threatening.
"A resource was dispatched to him as soon as the 999 call was made but this had to be diverted to a life threatening emergency.
“We are increasing our number of frontline staff so that we can get to patients more quickly."