A PARAMEDIC has backed the Standard’s fight to dual the A120 after saying the road makes it “impossible” for ambulance crews treating patients.

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, says the trunk road needs to be improved between Hare Green and Harwich.

She said the state of the single carriageway means paramedics, equipment and patients are thrown all over the place.

“The road itself inhibits us from being able to work to our full capacity because of the lumps and bumps in the road,” she said.

“When you hit a lump in the road, everyone in the ambulance just takes off into the air and slams back down again – even with seatbelts on.

“Because of this happening, we have to restrict what we can do.

“We cannot give IV access and go into a vein as we are going up and down in the ambulance like a yo-yo.”

The paramedic - who has worked for the ambulance service for 14 years – said there are hardly any safe places for ambulances to overtake on the road as it is a single-carriageway.

“The road being a single-carriageway has always been a problem, and we have had numerous vehicles getting cracked wheels and flat tyres,” she added.

“In the end, we just can’t give residents the same level of care as people in other areas. We need a road we can get in and out of easily.

“It would be a massive benefit to the residents of the area for them to get emergency care and get to a main hospital quickly.

“There has only been continuous patchwork quilting of the road which has not improved anything.”

An ambulance service spokesman said: “Staff experiencing the kinds of problems our colleague talks about can be reported as operational issues so we can take them up with the relevant authorities.”

The Standard is calling for the Department of Transport to fund the dualling of the A120 from Hare Green to Harwich.

To sign the petition, visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221123.