A row has broken out over controversial plans by the government to scrap the free 999 service for emergency medical care.


Under the new reforms patients requiring urgent treatments in life threatening scenarios will have to call a premium rate 0898 number with a credit card ready. 

Bob Gasket,  Junior Minister for Health said “For too long the free ambulance service has been unsustainable in some parts of the country. Our new measures will mean that time wasters with minor ailments such as gunshot wounds, severed limbs and other injuries associated with crime and or blue collar jobs won’t clog up the system for people with more serious conditions like gout or tennis elbow.”

Peter Rickshaw, a heavy machinery operator from Daventry said “When I lost both my hands in an industrial meat slicer I managed to dial 0898 6352845695415555515489 ok but I couldn’t get my Visa  card out of my wallet due to me no longer having fingers so they hung up on me.”