The information given by Health Minister Edwin Poots has shown that a majority of money of taxpayers is being wasted on unneeded emergency services, as per a recent report.
It has been revealed that a large number of calls made to the Northern Ireland’s emergency services are false and response to the same costs the region £3.16 million a year.
Hoax calls can take millions of lives as an ambulance service or the fire and rescue group can at once reach only at one place.
Edwin Poots concerns the huge wastage of money and affirms that the same could have been helpful in other fields of health. It is being said by him that it could have been invested in 212,000 hours of domiciliary care or on 250 coronary artery bypass grafts.
Also, the same might have proved helpful either for more than 75,000 treatments by a physiotherapist or it could have been utilized for treating or supporting an elderly person in a nursing home for over 5,000 weeks.
"Hoax calls simply will not be tolerated and people who engage in this malicious activity should be aware of the penalties of doing so. If convicted of this criminal offence, a person can face imprisonment and a £5,000 fine", added Mr. Poots.
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