Search

East Anglian MPs quiz ambulance bosses over winter crisis

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 February 2018

Stock photo of an ambulance. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Stock photo of an ambulance. Picture: SIMON PARKER

MPs from across the region have met with ambulance bosses amid ongoing concerns over the crisis that hit the service during the festive period.

Dr Therese Coffey says there are still Dr Therese Coffey says there are still "major issues" with ambulance-hospital handovers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

East Anglian MPs quizzed East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) chiefs in Westminster about crippling delays during patient hand overs in recent months.

Whistleblowers have claimed patients were harmed or even died because of the delays.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said: “We had a good chance to quiz the directors of the ambulance service on specific issues over the winter performance. There were some particularly concerning incidents over the winter period and as a result, a series of 60-day reviews are under way looking into each individual incident.

“It is absolutely imperative that those reviews are completed as quickly as possible so we can get answers and learnings from them.

“There are still major issues with hospital hand over delays which need to be significantly improved. This is why I specifically invited NHS Improvement to the meeting so they could hear first hand the issues that the ambulance service is facing in trying to get crews back out on the road – and it was extremely important to escalate this to that level.

“MPs agreed to ask the NHS director responsible for the East of England, Paul Watson, and health minister Steve Barclay to meet us very quickly.

“Fundamentally though, despite some improvement being made, we need more improvement more quickly and the very top level of the NHS involved in making that happen.”

Ipswich Labour MP Sandy Martin added: “I understand that there are rules about how and when you can hand over a patient to A&E, but how can it make sense to sit with a patient who could be safe and warm in an A&E reception area when there is someone in desperate need of help lying in the freezing cold for up to three hours? What can we do to change the arrangements for hand over which are keeping so many of our ambulances waiting?”

An EEAST spokesman said: “We hold regular meetings with MPs and also send them regular updates. This meeting provided a number of MPs from the East of England region with more context to some of their questions around winter pressures, the risk summit and future plans.”

Other popular content

09:19

A man from Beccles has taken home a new 55-inch television as part of an electrical retailer’s push to raise money for a children’s charity.

Yesterday, 10:03

A “massive nosebleed” prompted a missing person search after a patch of blood was found on a walkway near Beccles Quay.

Friday, October 17, 2014

An 18-year-old woman is launching her own second-hand vintage clothes and gifts shop in Loddon and will be donating up to 25 pc of all sales to a different charity each month.

14:43

A speeding motorcyclist was clocked travelling more than 100mph in a 40mph zone.

Most Read

09:19

A man from Beccles has taken home a new 55-inch television as part of an electrical retailer’s push to raise money for a children’s charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:03

A “massive nosebleed” prompted a missing person search after a patch of blood was found on a walkway near Beccles Quay.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Friday, October 17, 2014

An 18-year-old woman is launching her own second-hand vintage clothes and gifts shop in Loddon and will be donating up to 25 pc of all sales to a different charity each month.

Read more
14:43

A speeding motorcyclist was clocked travelling more than 100mph in a 40mph zone.

Read more
Friday, June 22, 2018

A 44-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence after an incident at a building society in Halesworth.

Read more

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Beccles and Bungay Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy