LETTER: Public services spread so thin

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I happened to arrive at the junction of Jevington Gardens and Compton Street shortly after an assault on a man who had been left lying in the road and was being helped by other passers-by. A 999 call had been made and his wife was becoming increasingly distressed. Several bystanders had witnessed the incident but when two police officers arrived, only two witnesses were prepared to offer any information. One officer had to attend to the injured man since despite requests for paramedic assistance there were no crews available.

It took the best part of an hour for any attendance by an ambulance with two paramedics. Those of us at the scene attempted to help direct traffic whilst one of the two available police officers took witness statements and eventually made an arrest. The other officer was needed to continue to provide support for the injured man still lying in the road. I understand that for the whole of Eastbourne at that time only six police officers were available and that paramedic crews were so stretched that assistance is frequently requested from Brighton. In the light of the Chancellor’s proposed further 40 per cent reduction in public services, could our new MP please let us know what representations she is making to her government to provide adequate emergency cover for these and even more serious incidents. It seems that our emergency services will join the ever-growing list of decimated public services that George Osborne is proposing. We are on course for a ‘Third World’ level of provision of basic services. How electors must be regretting the voting decisions they have so recently made in parliamentary elections.

Roger Hudson

Devonshire Place

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