Over 8000 people have now signed a petition against the ambulance cuts as hundreds also send a message to MP Norman Lamb urging him to drop his support for the cuts.
Steve Morphew, Labour’s Police Crime Commissioner candidate, joined activists campaigning against ambulance cuts.
Labour challenged MP Norman Lamb’s claims on ambulance cuts after the Lib Dem claimed that he had not voted for ambulance cuts.
Hundreds of members of the public have signed giant postcards addressed to MP Norman Lamb urging him to drop his support for cuts in ambulance funding. The north Norfolk MP has both voted for cuts to the NHS which is leading to £50m of cuts to the ambulance service, and plays a role in implementing the changes in the health department. Mr Lamb has also said that the service has adequate funding, despite the service having to reduce the number of vehicles in Norfolk by approximately seven. On Saturday the North Norfolk Labour Party were on the streets of Cromer collecting signatures against the government cuts which, despite a partial u-turn, will still see 56 fewer ambulance hours a week in North Walsham, and a cut in Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) time in Fakenham. Hundreds signed the postcards urging the MP to drop support for ambulance cuts, and continued to sign the Act on Ambulances petition which has gathered more than 7,000 signatures. Denise Burke, 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. We hope these giant postcards will send a message to MP Norman Lamb that the public wants him to change his stance on…
North Norfolk Labour Party is continuing the campaign against cuts to the ambulance service in north Norfolk this weekend as the horror stories about response times continue to pile in. Last weekend Labour members were on the streets of North Walsham encouraging residents to sign giant postcards to Norman Lamb calling for him and his colleagues in the health department to rethink their cuts to the NHS and ambulance service. Labour’s Act on Ambulances petition also hit 7,000 signatures from the public who are against the move. Although cuts in Cromer were overturned they will still affect North Walsham and Fakenham as well as a number of other bases across Norfolk. On Tuesday the party heard from Mr Sadler from Sheringham who was concerned about the time it took his brother to get an ambulance after he suffered from a heart attack. He said that his sister-in-law dialled 999 at 4.45pm on Sunday evening, and it was 7.45pm before an ambulance arrived. He says that the first ambulance called had been diverted, while the second was delayed as it stopped for petrol. Mr Salder says his brother’s heart stopped twice – once after the attack and secondly in the ambulance when he was rushed to hospital. His brother is now recovering but Mr Sadler is speaking out because he is worried others will have to go through a similar situation because of government cuts. Campaigners have also heard from the family of a Holt lady suffering from thrombosis and cancer….
North Norfolk Labour Party are continuing their campaign against cuts to the ambulance service by piling pressure on health minister Norman Lamb, urging him to rethink his support for the cuts to ambulance funding and to rethink plans in the health department. Their Act on Ambulances petition has now gathered 7,000 signatures and on Saturday Labour members were gathering signatures on giant postcards in North Walsham urging the MP to rethink his position on cutting ambulance funding. The postcards will be delivered to Norman Lamb in November. The local Labour party has vowed to keep up the pressure on the government and health officials after the outgoing Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust pledged to review remaining cuts in North Walsham on a monthly basis. On Sunday the shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham commented that the health service remains in “increasing distress” following revelations that the number of patients waiting outside in ambulances for over thirty minutes had risen by 20pc in the last year, and by almost a third since the government came to power. He told the Sunday Telegraph: “The sight of ambulance queuing outside A&E takes us back to the bad old days of the Tory NHS… They are putting people at risk so they can tick Government boxes.” North Norfolk Labour Party will be in Cromer on Saturday 3 November with their petition and large postcards.
North Norfolk Labour Party have accused the North Norfolk MP of double standards over the cuts to the ambulance service – on the day that he told the local media that he felt the funding for the ambulance services was adequate. Mr Lamb has been attributed with fighting cuts to the ambulance service in north Norfolk and has previously said that he had “real anxiety” about plans to cut the ambulance service in North Walsham and Cromer, as well as resources at Fakenham. The East of England Ambulance Service Trust, however, has indicated that all possible measures have been taking to prevent cuts to the front line service, and that it was a last resort to reduce resources because of the £50m of government cuts over the next five years. Today the North Norfolk MP said that there was “enough funding” in the ambulance service, despite the cuts expected to hit the service in the next few months. The local Labour Party, which organised the Act on Ambulances petition, has claimed his position is “hypocritical” given his vote of support for cuts to the NHS and ambulance budget, and because his position is in the health department which are implementing the changes to the NHS. Last month the outgoing Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Hayden Newton, oversaw a u-turn on some of the cuts at Cromer and North Walsham after the NHS stepped in and provided £3 million to fund it. Mr Newton committed the…
North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners have pledged to keep the pressure on the successor to Hayden Newton’s role as Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, following his shock announcement to take early retirement. Mr Newton had met with North Norfolk Labour Party leaders to discuss cuts in north Norfolk just days before he announced to the board on 1 October that he was taking early retirement. North Norfolk Labour Party believes this is a further example of our local ambulance service in crisis following government cuts, and will continue to fight for a better service. Their petition continues to gather public support and over 6500 people have signed so far. Earlier this week the party revealed that the Trust plans to move forward with a shake-up of ambulance rotas this month, but will be looking at the 56 fewer hours of ambulance in North Walsham very closely on a monthly basis. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “The shock departure of Hayden Newton demonstrates that the ambulance service is in crisis. It needs effective stable leadership and proper funding to deliver a better service, not fewer ambulances and more cuts. We expect the trust to deliver on the improvements promised by Mr Newton and look forward to working with his successor to meet the growing demand in north Norfolk.”
North Norfolk Labour Party has urged residents to speak out about their experiences of the ambulance service in north Norfolk after the Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust has committed themselves to reviewing the cuts in North Walsham on a monthly basis. The Chief Executive of EEAST, Hayden Newton, met North Norfolk Labour leaders on 27 September to discuss the rota shake-ups in Norfolk and the proposed cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham and Cromer. In response to the 6500-signature petition last month he had already revised original proposals for North Walsham and Cromer. This means North Walsham would gain 112 more hours of a double staffed ambulance (DSA) a week and Cromer would gain 140 hours of a DSA each week. Both towns would also gain a 24/7 rapid response vehicle (RRV) and the net effect would be 4 hours more a week in Cromer, but North Walsham would still see 56 fewer hours a week. Hayden Newton has now responded to Labour’s concerns and has said he can only make the case for more funding once he has explored all avenues – and that includes a rota shake-up due at the end of October. Mr Newton added he is committed to reviewing the situation in north Norfolk and North Walsham on a monthly basis. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party which organised the ‘Act on Ambulances’ campaign, said: “Last month we welcomed the news that following our petition the Trust has…
The leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has recognised the importance of the Act On Ambulances campaign, organised by North Norfolk Labour Party, at this week’s party conference. Mr Miliband spoke to the north Norfolk campaigners about the importance of the campaign and deputy party chairman MP Tom Watson told party delegates that the campaign and petition was an excellent example of good campaigning within the community. North Norfolk Labour’s Chair Denise Burke, Vice-Chair Stephen Burke, and Press Officer Jono Read took to the stage on Sunday and also collected an award for their efforts. Last week the campaigners handed in a 6500-signature petition and met with Hayden Newton who pledged to spend this week rethinking the remaining cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham. As of this morning (Friday) the East of England Ambulance Service Trust have said these talks are on-going and that the party will be alerted to any outcomes as soon as those meetings finish. Readers are urged to sign the petition at www.actonambulances.co.uk