North Norfolk Labour Party has claimed that the East of England Ambulance Trust’s vow to rethink ambulance cuts is an example of “people power” – with over 5,000 now having now signed the petition against the moves.
Despite receiving news that a majority of cuts in Cromer and North Walsham will be overturned, Labour campaigners have promised to keep on fighting for a commitment to improvements in response times and a safeguard on all emergency health care provisions in north Norfolk.
The party has now gathered more than 5,000 signatures and this week will be on the streets of both Cromer and North Walsham on Saturday morning.
Campaigners will hand over the results at a board meeting in Cambourne next week.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“There has been huge public concern and outrage in recent weeks about the proposed cuts in ambulances in North Walsham and Cromer. Everyone knew with our aging population in rural communities that demand was increasing and we have heard some horrror stories about poor response times. We are pleased that the ambulance trust is listening to us.
“We will continue the fight for better response times – particularly in North Walsham and Fakenham – where cuts are still being made.
Next week we will meet the Chief Executive of the Ambulance Trust to handover the petition and, as well as raising public concerns, we will urge him to tell the government that their cuts are unworkable.”