The North Norfolk Labour Party’s Act on Ambulances campaigners have hit out at a drop in ambulance response times in North Norfolk, as the Care Quality Commission continues its review into the local ambulance service.
The most recent ambulance response time figures for February 2016 reveal just 35% of ‘Red 1’ 999 calls in North Norfolk were answered within 8 minutes, with a further drop to 33% for ‘Red 2’ 999 calls.
The local Labour Party, who set-up the Act on Ambulances campaign for North Norfolk in 2012, have called for urgent action. They have written to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) pointing out the disparities in figures across the region where North Norfolk has some of the worse response times, and called for urgent action.
Through graphs they have sent to the CQC they have shown how response times for the North Norfolk area are now worse than when the East of England Ambulance Service Trust previously announced a “turnaround plan” that was meant to improve the fortunes of the ambulance service within two years.
Jono Read, from the North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “These stats are of huge concern. When we first launched the Act on Ambulances campaign it was because we know North Norfolk needs more resource to combat ambulance response times. Despite those at the top promising action, we just haven’t seen the improvements promised. In April 2014 we were promised a two-year turnaround plan would bring improvements by 2016, but it’s got worse not better.
This is not good enough for the dedicated ambulance staff who are doing their best in difficult circumstances, and for our aging population who need the assurances there will be an ambulance available when they need it.
We have written to the CQC highlighting the cases the EDP and North Norfolk News have reported recently, and urged them to look more closely at the differences in response times for each district. As it stands North Norfolk is one of the worst in the region, if not the country.
We are also encouraging an urgent look at ways to take some of the pressures off Norwich’s A&E, as we know a combination of problems within our NHS are having a big strain on the local ambulance service.”
- The public are encouraged to attend the meeting of the next Clinical Commissioning Group on May 17 in Aylsham where Robert Morton (Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust) is expected to answer questions on the ambulance service.
- Read the submission to the CQC as a PDF download here.