Have we become more injury-prone? Emergency services called to 1,000 more serious incidents than previous years

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The number of serious incidents attended by expert medics in the region has risen by a thousand in the last year alone, it has been revealed.

According to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, more doctors, air ambulance crews, hazardous area response teams and advanced paramedics than ever before are coming to the aid of seriously injured casualties.

In the last year these senior medics were dispatched to 6,195 incidents, a jump from 5,290 the previous year.

Most of the serious incidents attended were road traffic collisions, though people suffering falls and cardiac arrests also feature highly.

Additionally, air ambulance crews are now dispatched around 270 times per month compared with an average of 190 in 2011.

The Trust’s critical care desk leader Chris Martin said: “We’re focused on using the skills we have at our disposal to their full potential and therefore giving our patients the best care possible.

“These teams have increased their availability and we’re monitoring incidents 24/7 to treat more patients than ever.”