Don’t get drunk: UK govt urges caution amid ambulance strike


              Ambulance workers hold placards on a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Ambulance workers pass a line of parked ambulances at a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              An ambulance is driven out past a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Ambulance workers stand on a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A view of ambulances parked outside the West Midlands Ambulance Service headquarters as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales took strike action, in Coventry, England, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
            
              A man walks past Waterloo ambulance station as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales take strike action in England and Wales, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.  Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
            
              Badges are worn by an ambulance worker on a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Ambulances are seen parked at an ambulance station in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A dog walker passes a line of parked ambulances in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A view of ambulances parked outside the West Midlands Ambulance Service headquarters as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales took strike action, in Coventry, England, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
            
              A man walks past Waterloo ambulance station as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales take strike action in England and Wales, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.  Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
            
              A view of ambulances parked outside the West Midlands Ambulance Service headquarters as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales took strike action, in Coventry, England, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
            
              A man walks past Waterloo ambulance station as paramedics, ambulance technicians and call handlers in England and Wales take strike action in England and Wales, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.  Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
            
              Health Secretary Steve Barclay attends a visit to Norton Care Home in London. The British government said Tuesday it will not offer more money to nurses and ambulance crews to end strikes that are piling pressure on an already overstretched health system. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative administration is under pressure to increase its pay offer to health care staff who are seeking big raises in the face of decades-high inflation that was running at 10.7% in November. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
            
              Military personnel from the Household Division learn learn how to carry a patient down a flight of stairs as they take part in ambulance driver training at Wellington Barracks as they prepare to provide cover for ambulance workers on Dec. 21 and 28 when members of the Unison, GMB and Unite unions take industrial action over pay, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
            
              Military personnel from the Household Division receive training in an ambulance, at Wellington Barracks as they prepare to provide cover for ambulance workers on Dec. 21 and 28 when members of the Unison, GMB and Unite unions take industrial action over pay, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Don’t get drunk: UK govt urges caution amid ambulance strike