Steve Morphew, Labour’s candidate for the Police Crime Commissioner elections, joined North Norfolk Labour Party members campaigning against ambulance cuts in North Walsham today.
The North Norfolk Labour Party is petitioning government and health officials to rethink cuts to the ambulance service in north Norfolk, and is also inviting the public to sign giant postcards calling on Norman Lamb to drop his support for the cuts.
Mr Lamb supported NHS cuts in the Comprehensive Spending Review in May 2010 and recently said that funding for the Trust was adequate – despite £50m of savings meaning that the Trust would have to reduce the ambulance fleet across the county.
Steve Morphew, Labour’s Police Crime Commissioner candidate, said he shares concerns about the cuts to the ambulance service in Norfolk and is standing in next week’s election to help the fight against the privatisation and big and unfair cuts to our local emergency services.
On Saturday afternoon from 2pm the Labour Party will return to North Walsham to continue campaigning.
Denise Burke, the chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“On the streets the public are concerned about worsening ambulance response times and they are really worried by the cuts to the ambulance service which are coming into effect at a time when demand across the country is continuing to grow, and when we are about to hit the busy winter months for 999 calls.
The public are also concerned about our MP’s support for the cuts to our ambulance service. They know that a better ambulance service with faster response times cannot be achieved while the government is cutting the budget by £50m over the next 5 years.
We are grateful to Steve for joining us today and helping us with the fight.”