From a correspondent:
A friend fell in the centre of Exeter at about 8.30 pm on Saturday evening. It was a bad fall and she had obviously hurt her arm and her collar-bone and was in great pain. A local shopkeeper called an ambulance and 30 minutes later called again and was told there were none available.
After one and a half hours lying on the concrete pavement the ambulance service sent a local taxi to pick her up. The lady’s partner had to get her into the taxi for the journey to RD&E A&E and had to help her out when they got there as the taxi driver was not allowed to touch her.
She had dislocated her shoulder and spent 12 hours in A&E before she was allowed home.