Over 8000 people have now signed a petition against the ambulance cuts in north Norfolk as hundreds also send a message to local MP Norman Lamb urging him to drop his support for the cuts to the NHS.
North Norfolk Labour Party started the petition against the proposed cuts to the ambulance fleet in Cromer, North Walsham, and Fakenham and vowed to continue to fight for a better ambulance service in the constituency. They remain concerned that, despite worsening response times and increasing demand, the local MP believes funding for the ambulance service is adequate.
The party has also been critical of the independent review proposed by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. They believe that staff and patients have already made clear the issues surrounding the service, and that real change can only be achieved with more funding and resource. They have questioned that the announcement was made by a government MP and not the service itself.
On Saturday Labour campaigners visited MP Norman Lamb’s office to deliver giant postcards containing a message from the public. Hundreds signed urging Norman Lamb drop his support for NHS cuts which are leading to fewer ambulances in the county. 8000 people have signed the ‘Act on Ambulances’ petition which was established in August.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Over 8000 people have now signed the Act on Ambulances petition against proposed cuts to the ambulance service and hundreds have now urged MP Norman Lamb to rethink his stance on ambulance funding. The public knows a better ambulance service cannot be achieved with less money and fewer ambulances.
We believe the fact Norman Lamb announced this independent review – not the Trust – is another example of a Health Minister once again passing the buck at a time when the big issues surrounding the ambulance service begin at government level.
If you talk to any paramedic they will tell you it comes down to funding and the waiting times outside the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. The Trust does not need a report to tell them that – they need the government to rethink the cuts.
We have an aging population, increasing demand in the ambulance service, and a huge rural population. We want to see less talk and more action from government MPs.”