Local councillors Jono Read and Callum Ringer are calling for the county council to include more north Norfolk routes in their gritting plans.
Health Minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb’s claim that the government is increasing spending on the NHS in the past two years does not stack up.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s turnaround time for ambulance calls have been branded “unacceptably high” with long waits for beds at A&E.
North Norfolk Labour Party has urged the top mobile phone providers in north Norfolk to improve basic and 3G mobile phone communications in the district.
Labour has argued that the ambulance service’s failure to reach targets for another month should trigger a further u-turn on cuts to the ambulance fleet.
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….