‘Unbelievable’ proposals for ambulance service

Ambulance wait times could be lengthened
Ambulance wait times could be lengthened

Lib Dem candidate Julie Pörksen has condemned the reported proposals for an increase in ambulance response times.

It follows reports in the national media of a leak of secret NHS England proposals to revise ambulance response times. Under the proposal, the target for about 40 per cent of Red 2 patients – those judged to be seriously ill, but not suffering an immediately life-threatening condition – would be increased next month from eight to 19 minutes.

Julie described ‘considering providing a worse ambulance service’ as ‘unbelievable’.

“In Northumberland, we already have an emergency response service that is overstretched and patients who are waiting too long,” she said.

“The golden hour for treatment, where lives can be saved and stroke victims have a good chance of full recovery, is already at jeopardy in Northumberland.

“Concerns about our local health and ambulance services are raised frequently by Northumbrian residents; we should not be aiming for a worse service, but be investing in a better ambulance service.”

More than 2,000 people have signed Julie’s petition for increased ambulance cover for Berwick and the surrounding areas.