North Norfolk Labour Party has received statistics from the NHS in Norfolk which shows that during the four weeks up until the 9th December 2012 there have been 700 Potential Serious Incidents waiting over an hour for handover from an ambulance in the East of England – with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust accounting for 23% of these cases.
The NHS in Norfolk has commented on these statistics that there has been a rising trend in these numbers due to the cold snap, and North Norfolk Labour Party is concerned about the consequences this will have on ambulance response times, which are already suffering in rural areas.
The local Labour Party has been consulting north Norfolk on the cuts to the NHS and ambulance service through their latest leaflet. The results show a lack of support for the local MP’s stance on NHS cuts which have led to a drop in the ambulance fleet in the district:
Mr I W of Swanton Abbott said: “Back in October I had to call the ambulance at 10pm with a possible heart attack. It took 55 minutes to get here – it had come from Gorleston to take me to N&N hospital. Ambulance driver was so ashamed of this.”
SB and KB of North Walsham said: “Having recently suffered an accident no ambulance was available to take me to hospital even after a 30 minute wait. Do people have to die before the government comes to its senses!”
Mr and Mrs J of North Walsham told us: “The Conservatives said the NHS is safe in their hands. That was a joke! Mr Lamb you’re letting us down.”
TL of Sheringham said: “I have observed totally unacceptable delays (1 hours plus) in attending casualties. This is not only to the detriment of an individual but to the paramedics that have to remain with the casualty therefore unavailable to attend any other emergency calls.”
Mr and Mrs A W of North Walsham added: “I think Norman Lamb has let us all down.”
The Labour Party is continuing to monitor the views of the public through their Act on Ambulances petition and leafleting which will be fed to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Rather than improving performance, more patients brought to the region’s hospitals by ambulance are having to wait longer – with many waiting well over an hour. The Norfolk & Norwich hospital is giving particular cause for concern.
The fact that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust is set to miss targets for another year also shows that it is a dangerous move for the government to be cutting ambulance funding and consequently our local fleet.
We want to see action from the Norman Lamb, the government, and health officials – not the words and promises we hear with continual failure.”