Candidate to question Northumberland ambulance bosses

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A would-be MP is meeting ambulance chiefs today to discuss concerns over ambulance response times.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick, is meeting senior representatives from the North East Ambulance Service this afternoon for urgent talks over ambulance provision in north Northumberland.

She asked for the meeting following growing concerns about ambulance response times across the area, and in the aftermath of the death of a 16-year-old road-traffic accident victim, in Berwick, where it apparently took 26 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Ms Trevelyan said: “I have called this meeting as it is very clear that something is very seriously wrong. I am determined to get to the bottom of this as there are various rumours flying about and this is literally a life-and-death matter.

“I want to know why the systems do not appear to be working as well as they used to and ascertain whether ambulance service in north Northumberland is being compromised by pressure to hit certain targets, which are more easily achieved by concentrating on the more populated areas towards the southern part of the county.”

The death of the teenager in Berwick is not the first incident to spark such concerns and fellow politicians Sir Alan Beith MP and Lib Dem candidate Julie Pörksen have been campaigning on the issue.