The public has been warned to avoid “dangerous activities” as ambulance drivers go on strike.
Health Secretary Will Quince called on people to stay safe on Wednesday. In England and Wales, the NHS could face major disruption as paramedics, including paramedics, control room workers and technicians, leave.
During strikes, the military will not drive ambulances on the green light for the most critical calls, but is expected to provide assistance for other calls.
The deputy minister said military personnel would play an important role, but would not be able to “break the law” in covering emergency workers.
Quince urged the public to avoid anything dangerous on Wednesday, telling BBC Breakfast:
The health minister did not give examples of what could be defined as unsafe behavior, but told the public that 999 should be the first choice when calling an emergency.
“However, it is important for anyone in an emergency or life-threatening situation to continue calling 999 as before. To do.”
He later said on BBC Radio 4 that anyone with chest pains should call 999 on Wednesday.
Negotiations between unions and ambulance services are underway to resolve which cases should be exempt from strike action.
You are expected to respond to all the most life-threatening Category 1 calls, such as cardiac arrest.
Some ambulance trusts have agreed waivers with unions for certain accidents within the so-called Category 2, which covers serious conditions such as stroke and chest pain.