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A paramedic working on the frontline of the coronavirus fight has branded the crisis a "losing battle".

The frustrated worker posted about his experience on social media under the Instagram handle @TwistytheWristy.

He described the situation as a "losing battle" and hit out at people breaking government rules amid an increasing number of cases.

The Gloucestershire paramedic, who had to leave his wife and kid over Christmas, voiced his anger about flouters as frontline workers are working in difficult conditions to save lives.

The hard-hitting message from the worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said one of his colleagues felt like one of the 300 warriors from ancient Greece who famously fought and lost to a much larger invading Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE.

Similarly he was recently seconded from the Cotswolds to London, where he saw scenes like something out of a horror film similar to 28 Days Later, reports Gloucestershire Live.

He said: “I have been a paramedic for about eight years. I was recently seconded to London as part of the mutual aid as the trust has been inundated there.

“It is very bad, we are undermanned. Staff are beaten and outnumbered. One even compared it to the Battle of Thermopylae."

Despite the long hours and not once complaining about the level of work and extra shifts involved, the paramedic is fed up of rule breakers not following government guidelines.

He said: “I was not with my family over Christmas. I had booked leave yet there was a plea to work, and then it is that conversation you have to have with yourself.

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“You make the choice: stay home and play happy and know your colleagues are struggling and need help? How do you answer that.

“I know if you do not act now and look to do my bit none of us will have next Christmas.”

He said it was a no brainer for him and he went to work for the whole of the Christmas period.

He said: “We work these long shifts and see people disregarding these rules. You feel what is the point of doing all these 12 to 14 hour shifts."

The work load has increased by double compared to when the pandemic came to light.

“We have been working solid. However recently we have had occasion where we have been having to stay in hospital with patients for hours as there has literally been no where to off load there is no where to put the patients. The wards, A&E and ICU are full and the hospital is at capacity,” he said.

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His friends in the biker community reached out to him when they saw his Instagram post. They showed a simple act of kindness which made him feel very emotional.

Three of his biker mates put their heads together and decided to recently set up a fundraising page to be able to offer gift cards to the paramedics across the south west.

Bethan said: “We have been speaking with @TwistytheWristy for about a year.

“Twisty is a larger-than-life character and kind. He is the standard type of a paramedic who genuinely cares and is an affectionate soul who wants to help.

“We really hope people will come to us and we know money is tight but make a donation.”

The gesture left the paramedic feeling blown away.

He said: “Everyone at the trust has been so supportive I must say. The community on Instagram left me feeling like an emotional wreck when they reached out like they did. I wrote the post out of tiredness and anger and was not asking anyone or expecting anyone to act on what I had written, but they did.

“Having a gift card would make a world of difference. Getting a brew is a victory on a shift really. You get 30 minutes break in 12 hours and not always able to get a drink and something to eat.

“I can honestly say I have had more cold coffees than hot meals but this would be a morale booster for us who are working these shifts.”

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