‘Our members reveal that in some areas the service is already close to breaking point.’ Staff shortages and a growing number of GP surgeries opting out of out of hours treatment had fuelled the improved demand, UNISON said. As the number of GPs refusing to do home visits rises, so too does the number of people calling for an ambulance to consider them to A&E. ‘It’s been left to the ambulance services to fill these gaps by default,’ Mr Oestreicher said. He went on to say the nagging problem could not be solved on the cheap, or lacking any increase in resources that reflects the upsurge in demand. These issues will be among those debated at UNISON’s annual wellness conference in Brighton next week.. Ambulance staff struggling to cope Nationwide ambulance officer Sam Oestreicher said the ambulance service had been relying heavily about the goodwill and commitment of staff to maintain with the huge increase in demand in the last decade.Achievements of CCFHF include licensing of naturopaths in California and establishing their own table, passing legislation making it legal for MDs to apply integrative medication in California as long as they don’t dissuade patients from mainstream treatments and they don’t cause them harm, and allowing for midwives to practice in the continuing state of California. CCFHF has blocked substantial legislation that could have made nutritional medicine illegal also, and has arrive to the rescue of many MDs who practice complementary and alternate medicine and so are threatened by their medical panel with lack of license for doing so. It is today a legal requirement that the California Medical Licensing Board review all situations against MDs with panel members which have training in the field involved with each case.