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
The Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Hayden Newton, has pledged to rethink proposed cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham following a meeting with North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners.
North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners have handed over a petition containing 6500 names to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust at a board meeting this morning – urging them to rethink plans to cut to the ambulance service in north Norfolk. The Act On Ambulances campaigners traveled from north Norfolk to Cambourne in Cambridgeshire earlier today and presented the petition to Maria Ball (chair of the Trust) and Hayden Newton (Chief Executive of the Trust). Maria Ball said they would study comments on the petition because they were “interested to hear what the public thinks”, and commented on the biggest gathering she had seen before at a board meeting. Hayden Newton said that he would continue dialogue with campaigners at their planned meeting in Norwich on Thursday afternoon. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “We are pleased to have been able to present the petition at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust board meeting in Cambourne today, and that officials now a have chance to see what the people of north Norfolk think of their plans for Cromer, North Walsham, and Fakenham. Over 6500 signed the petition and we are encouraging people to continue to sign online. People power has already helped us achieve a rethink of the plans, and at our next meeting on Thursday we will be pushing for ways forward to ensure north Norfolk gets a better ambulance service”.
6000 people have now signed the petition against ambulance cuts in north Norfolk as campaigners plan to make a trip to Cambourne for the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) board meeting on Wednesday morning. There was outrage in August when it was revealed a full-time ambulance in Cromer would be reduced to just two days a week, and North Walsham would lose its only ambulance in the town. Hayden Newton from EEAST vowed to rethink the proposals – a result of government cuts – following the public outcry, and has committed extra resource to Cromer and North Walsham on top of the newly proposed Rapid Response Vehicles. This would give Cromer an additional 4 hours of ambulance a week and North Walsham would regain an ambulance but for 56 hours less a week compared to existing plans. North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners today have reached a target of 6000 signatures on the petition and will present it to the board of East of England Ambulance Service Trust on Wednesday morning in Cambourne – when the independent NHS watchdog Monitor will be present. Senior Labour party members will be having further discussions with the Ambulance Trust and NHS Norfolk on Thursday afternoon at the Longwater base. Campaigners will express concern about the loss of ambulance time in North Walsham, and will be seeking assurances the proposed extra ambulance resources are kept in the district and do not cover up further cuts across the county. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk…
North Norfolk Labour is turning up the heat as it announces a weekend of campaigning events about ambulance cuts in north Norfolk. Campaigners will be making the journey to Cambourne in Cambridgeshire to hand over the 5000 names to the East of England Ambulance Trust on Wednesday morning, and will be meeting the Chief Executive of the Trust and Norfolk’s NHS service on Thursday afternoon. Before that campaigners will be on the streets of north Norfolk throughout the weekend – starting in North Walsham from 9am and Cromer from 10am on Saturday. There will also be petitioning events in Fakenham over the weekend, and in Aylsham on Monday. The Labour Party welcomed signs of a rethink to ambulances in Cromer and North Walsham but believes more has to be done to improve response times. It is concerned that existing ambulances will have to make up for the loss of 7 vehicles across Norfolk. The Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mary Creagh MP (pictured) is the latest notable signatory to give her support to the campaign. Jono Read, press officer for North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “We are increasing the pressure this weekend by campaigning on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday across the district. Last week’s news of a rethink to ambulance cuts in North Walsham and Cromer has been welcomed by our campaigners, but there is still a lot of work to be done to improve ambulance response times in the district”.
North Norfolk Labour Party has claimed that the East of England Ambulance Trust’s vow to rethink ambulance cuts is an example of “people power” – with over 5,000 now having now signed the petition against the moves. Despite receiving news that a majority of cuts in Cromer and North Walsham will be overturned, Labour campaigners have promised to keep on fighting for a commitment to improvements in response times and a safeguard on all emergency health care provisions in north Norfolk. The party has now gathered more than 5,000 signatures and this week will be on the streets of both Cromer and North Walsham on Saturday morning. Campaigners will hand over the results at a board meeting in Cambourne next week. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “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 aging 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 to us. “We will continue the fight for better response times – particularly in North Walsham and Fakenham – where cuts are still being made. Next week we will meet the Chief Executive of the Ambulance Trust to handover the petition and, as well as raising public concerns, we will urge him to tell the government that their cuts are unworkable.”
Labour campaigners are today celebrating a victory in the fight against government cuts to north Norfolk’s ambulance service. 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…
North Norfolk Labour Party has vowed to keep the pressure on Norman Lamb after the new health minister revealed he supports increased privatisation of the NHS. Mr Lamb said to The King’s Fund in London on Tuesday that he would support increased privatisation of the NHS, commenting: “I’m not a great fan of monopolies, in either the public or the private sector. If there’s never any challenge to the structure provided there’s a danger people can become complacent. There is innovation from new insurgents. We need to embrace that.” Earlier this year Labour and NHS campaigners urged Norman Lamb to vote against the coalition government’s health bill fearing it would lead to more private companies taking over the NHS. Just weeks after he supported the bill the contract for running the Anglia Support Partnership – which provide backroom services to the NHS in Norfolk – was handed to private health company Serco. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “The appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health raised eyebrows for his support for privatisation of the NHS. Now it is clear Norman Lamb is not going to stand in the way of the Conservatives’ aims. Mr Lamb has now made it clear he supports increased privatisation of the NHS once again proving there is little difference between the Lib Dems and Tories on this national treasure. We will keep the pressure on Mr Lamb over this just like with the ambulance cuts, which he supported in government,…
Campaigners fighting against the demolition of Stalham Staithe cottages Utopia and Arcady have been given fresh hope after it obtained information displaying doubts from officers about the planning applications. Emails obtained by North Norfolk Labour Party between the Planning Officer at the Broads Authority and the planning adviser, claim that the new designs are a “completely fresh sketch plan prepared by another architect” and throw the decision into doubt. The demolition of the cottages taken by the Broads Authority planning committee in April had been held up by the failure to agree detailed changes in the new build replacement designs. The designs were not refused but only partially agreed by the committee as they wanted material changes to be made. Now campaigners are arguing the original decisions to demolish the cottages and rebuild on the land should be overturned if the new designs are not accepted. Sheila Cullingham, former county councillor and a campaigner against the demolitions, said: “The original decision to demolish the cottages could be overturned if the new designs are not accepted. From the information obtained it is clear there is doubt about these designs, and so they should form the part of a new planning application and should be dealt with as such. It would mean fresh consultation and debate by the committee. I do not believe that the Broads Authority planning committee are a rubber stamping walk over, but now is there chance to prove it.”
The Labour Party is concerned about the growing impact of cuts on bus services in rural Norfolk as more routes are axed in north Norfolk.