Ambulance Crisis: Ignored for far too long

Responding to the latest news on ambulance waiting times reported by the BBC, showing a 77% rise in serious incidents reported by paramedics, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “This Conservative government has ignored this crisis for far too long. Patients are being put in danger and ambulance staff are on the brink.

Daisy Cooper MP

“If the Government doesn’t act now there will be more and more distressing stories of patients being left waiting for an ambulance so long that in some cases it will just be too late.

“Liberal Democrats have been sounding the alarm for months, calling for an urgent investigation into England’s ambulance services and a review of ambulance station closures – but the Tory government keeps turning a blind eye.”

The BBC article stated that: “Doctors and paramedics have told the BBC that long waits for ambulances across the UK are having a “dangerous impact” on patient safety. BBC analysis found a 77% rise in the most serious safety incidents logged by paramedics in England over the past year, compared to before the pandemic. In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the 999 system is also under “tremendous pressure”, doctors say.

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