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East of England Ambulance Service provision in Huntingdonshire is unacceptable says Jonathan Djanogly MP

28th June 2013

Jonathan Djanogly MP for the Huntingdon constituency attended and spoke in a Westminster debate last week (Tuesday 25 June) called to address the unacceptable service provision of the East of England Ambulance Service. More than a dozen of the regions’ MPs turned out to support Essex MP Priti Patel who was successful in securing Parliamentary time to hold the debate.

Jonathan commented:

“There was general agreement that, in the case of this Trust, there is no shortage of funds and that this is not therefore a funding issue. The issues affecting the Trust have been a matter of a lack of leadership and the failure of management.

“I do feel sorry for the many ambulance workers who have been giving their best under difficult conditions.

“However, as I pointed out in the debate, rural areas in England like Huntingdonshire have been receiving unacceptable levels of service. I also pointed out that this is not just a case of failure of the emergency services. In fact, the majority of complaints that I have been receiving from constituents are of concerned patients not being taken to hospital after their GP requested an ambulance in non-emergency situations. In this situation, many patients have had to wait in excess of 8 hours.

“I note that the Chairman of the Trust has resigned, the Chief Executive has retired and I was relieved to hear today that the remaining Non-Executive Directors have resigned their positions to allow a new board to be formed to take the Trust forwards. Hopefully now we shall see improved leadership and a better service for my constituents.”


Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend on calling this important debate on an unacceptable level of service. Further to the previous intervention on rural areas, can we also agree that this is not just about what are called emergency services, but also about non-emergencies? Many people in my constituency, particularly elderly people, are kept waiting for up to eight hours, often in significant pain, before the ambulance gets to them.

Priti Patel: My hon. Friend makes the point clearly about the impact on elderly patients and the unacceptable waiting times that his constituents, and those of other hon. Members, have endured.

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