The North Norfolk Labour Party, which created the Act On Ambulances campaign, were alerted today to revised proposals from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust – who have been under increased pressure from a petition totalling nearly 5000 names.
Under the revised proposals Cromer is set to gain an extra 4 ambulance hours each week compared to the the existing plan, because it will see 140 additional hours from a part-time double-staffed ambulance in the EEAST plan for the autumn.
North Walsham was due to lose their only ambulance in the town and had been expected to see those hours replaced by a Rapid Response Vehicle. Now EEAST intends to give the town a part-time double-staffed ambulance for 112 hours a week as well as the full-time Rapid Response Vehicle.
North Norfolk Labour Party will continue to keep campaigning against government cuts to the NHS and will continue to fight for better response times in north Norfolk, but welcomes today’s news from the ambulance service in response to their petition.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, welcomed today’s news:
“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 ageing 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 and that North Norfolk will gain extra health emergency vehicles.
“This appears to be a major victory for people power with some 5000 people already signing Labour’s Act On Ambulances petition calling for a rethink on the cuts. Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition to protect our NHS. Labour will continue the fight for better response times – particularly in North Walsham – and will present the petition to the board at its 26 September meeting when we hope this news will be confirmed.
Labour has shown that it’s on the side of local residents, making a big difference for local people in North Norfolk.”
Campaigners will keep the pressure on EEAST by campaigning in Hoveton outside Roys of Wroxham from 9.30am tomorrow.