Hundreds of members of the public have signed giant postcards addressed to MP Norman Lamb urging him to drop his support for cuts in ambulance funding.
The north Norfolk MP has both voted for cuts to the NHS which is leading to £50m of cuts to the ambulance service, and plays a role in implementing the changes in the health department. Mr Lamb has also said that the service has adequate funding, despite the service having to reduce the number of vehicles in Norfolk by approximately seven.
On Saturday the North Norfolk Labour Party were on the streets of Cromer collecting signatures against the government cuts which, despite a partial u-turn, will still see 56 fewer ambulance hours a week in North Walsham, and a cut in Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) time in Fakenham.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“On the streets the public are concerned about worsening ambulance response times and they are really worried by the cuts to the ambulance service which are coming into effect at a time when demand across the country is continuing to grow, and when we are about to hit the busy winter months for 999 calls.
We hope these giant postcards will send a message to MP Norman Lamb that the public wants him to change his stance on these cuts. We need a better ambulance service – not fewer ambulances.”