The Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), Hayden Newton, has pledged to rethink proposed cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham following a meeting with North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners.
The Chief Executive of EEAST joined his counterpart at NHS in Norfolk, Andrew Morgan, to meet Labour campaigners and to discuss public feeling regarding the cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham and Cromer.
Campaigners had welcomed the u-turn on cuts in Cromer, announced earlier this month, but said the revised proposals did not go far enough in North Walsham – where there will still be 56 ambulance hours fewer.
Senior party leaders have now been invited to the ambulance control centre to investigate further the systems in place to deal with emergency calls.
The changes to Norfolk’s ambulance service are expected to come into effect at the end of October.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Thursday’s meeting was very productive. The views of the public who signed our petition are being listened to.
Mr Newton has pledged to look at whether there is a case to reinstate the remainder of the cuts to our ambulance service at North Walsham, and he will tell us the results of his investigation next week.
Furthermore, he said that EEAST will continue to review the whole of north Norfolk’s ambulance service as we head to the winter months.
We are grateful to everyone who signed our petition and persuaded the ambulance trust to rethink.”