Lib Dems call for five-point plan to fix “heart-breaking” ambulance waiting times


BCP Lib Dems call for emergency five point plan as deadly ambulance delays grip local health services

BCP Liberal Democrats have today called on the Government to bring in the army to help drive ambulances in the area, as the latest figures reveal 50 patients were stuck for more than an hour in ambulances outside the local A&Es in the last week alone.

  • Community Ambulance Fund: Make emergency funding available to ambulance trusts to reverse closures of community ambulance stations and cancel planned closures.
  • Army drivers: Call up members of the Armed Forces to drive ambulances and ease staff shortages this winter.
  • Staffing: Launch a campaign to retain, recruit and train paramedics and other ambulance staff.
  • New waiting times law: Pass Daisy Cooper’s Ambulance Waiting Times Bill to require accessible, localised reports of ambulance response times.
  • Inquiry: Establish a Care Quality Commission investigation into the causes and impacts of ambulance service delays.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care for BCP, Cllr. Chris Matthews, said:

People across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are watching loved ones in distress,  stuck in the back of an ambulance waiting to be admitted to A&E outside our local hospitals. This is heartbreaking and it can not go on.

“The Conservatives have run our NHS services in Dorset into the ground, breaking waiting time promises for years and years.

“Our plan would relieve some of the immediate pressure and help fix the ambulance crisis for good, so that people across the BCP area know that they can get to hospital in an ambulance and receive the care they deserve when they need to.”

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