Today, Mary asked the Health Minister what steps the Government were taking to urgently address issues with Ambulance Services after a constituent has been left severely disabled as a result of a delayed ambulance.
Speaking in an urgent question called by Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting, Mary urged the Government to do everything they could to address the issues with Ambulance Services, asking
Can the minister tell me what she is doing now, urgently, so when my constituents in Durham need an ambulance urgently that they get one? Because the plans she has outlined, and the investment spoken of, obviously isn’t good enough.
After raising the case of a constituent left disabled following delays in an ambulance reaching them, Mary was concerned that the Minister did not address the case, instead discussing private contracts and winter pressures. The response from the Minister is below:
Well we are working urgently on this, as I’m sure the Health Service in Wales are facing the same problems, and the Health Service in Scotland who are facing the same problems. We are all working hard to address those. As I have said to her, we have procured a contract for an auxiliary ambulance service, of a value of £30million, to increase capacity should we need it and I will be meeting all Ambulance Trusts in the coming days to make sure we have got the resilience we need, not just for to catch up with some of the pressures that were there before COVID, not just to deal with the pressures they are facing now, but to future proof it for the winter months that are coming.
Reacting to the Minister’s response Mary said,
I asked the Health Minister what steps the Govt were taking ‘now’ to help Ambulance Services after a constituent was left severely disabled because of a delayed ambulance. She offered no sympathies, instead talking about a private contract for the winter. It’s not good enough.