Meeting to discuss ambulance concerns

Coun Scott Dickinson, pictured, is meeting North East Ambulance Service representatives.
Coun Scott Dickinson, pictured, is meeting North East Ambulance Service representatives.

Northumberland County Council is responding to residents’ requests to help them raise issues about the ambulance service in the county.

Following renewed calls for information after the death of 16-year-old Kyle Lowes in a road traffic accident in Berwick, a meeting has been arranged between the chairman of the Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board, Coun Scott Dickinson, and the chairman and chief executive of the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

Coun Dickinson said: “The ambulance service is clearly one of the most important health-related services to operate in the county.

“Both the health and wellbeing board and the council want to work with NEAS to make sure that residents are receiving the best possible service.

“Concerns have been raised about a delayed response to a recent fatal crash, and this is one of the issues we wish to discuss at the meeting.”

Following the fatal incident, an online petition was set up calling for the town to have its own ambulance so that delays like this are greatly reduced and to prevent any further deaths. This 4,000-plus name petition was brought to the attention of the county council as well as the NEAS.

Daljit Lally, executive director of wellbeing and community health services at the county council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation, will also attend the meeting with service representatives.

Mrs Lally added: “I look forward to meeting with the NEAS representatives as part of our continued close working with all front line health service providers which operate in Northumberland.”

The meeting is due to take place at the end of March.