North Norfolk Labour Party are continuing their campaign against cuts to the ambulance service by piling pressure on health minister Norman Lamb, urging him to rethink his support for the cuts to ambulance funding and to rethink plans in the health department.
Their Act on Ambulances petition has now gathered 7,000 signatures and on Saturday Labour members were gathering signatures on giant postcards in North Walsham urging the MP to rethink his position on cutting ambulance funding. The postcards will be delivered to Norman Lamb in November.
The local Labour party has vowed to keep up the pressure on the government and health officials after the outgoing Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust pledged to review remaining cuts in North Walsham on a monthly basis.
On Sunday the shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham commented that the health service remains in “increasing distress” following revelations that the number of patients waiting outside in ambulances for over thirty minutes had risen by 20pc in the last year, and by almost a third since the government came to power.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: “The sight of ambulance queuing outside A&E takes us back to the bad old days of the Tory NHS… They are putting people at risk so they can tick Government boxes.”
North Norfolk Labour Party will be in Cromer on Saturday 3 November with their petition and large postcards.