North Norfolk Labour Party, which created the Act on Ambulances campaign, have welcomed an announcement today that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust is to return a number of ambulances to the region that were initially earmarked to be cut.
EEAST today announced 15 vehicles will be on the round from next Monday after accepting that response times in part of the region were not good enough.
The local Labour Party in north Norfolk has cautiously welcomed the latest news after 6 months of lobbying MPs and health officials about the £50m cuts to the ambulance service set to hit over the next 5 years.
Unions have previously argued that approximately 9 ambulances would be lost in the county of Norfolk as a result of government cuts, and while a number are today being returned, Act on Ambulances campaigners will continue to fight for all of these to be returned.
The areas that will see a return in resource include:
• Downham Market
• Potter Heigham
Denise Burke, chair of the North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“We welcome today’s announcement from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust that 15 ambulances will be on the road again from Monday across the region. We have constantly argued that the move to replace ambulances with Rapid Response Vehicles – as a result of government cuts in funding – would not bring the improvements that health officials wanted.
In north Norfolk we welcome the return of an ambulance in Cromer, but remain concerned that in North Walsham residents will see still not see the return of the double-staffed ambulance that was lost in the cuts last autumn.
We would like to thank the 10,000 residents who have signed the Act on Ambulances petition and caused government and health officials to u-turn.”