Following a meeting with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has welcomed assurances that a number of measures will be put in place to improve ambulance response times in rural areas of Suffolk.
Dr Poulter and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb met with Hayden Newton, Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service after recently published figures showed that some residents in Suffolk still wait longer than the 8 minute target time for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of an emergency.
It was also revealed at the meeting that 1,845 hours were lost in ambulance handover delays outside hospital between April 2011 and May of this year, which is equivalent to 154 12-hour paramedic shifts.
The MPs heard that a number of actions are being taken to improve the performance of the ambulance service, including putting an additional 120 paramedics into the frontline; setting up a new system to better manage 999 calls to make sure patients with life-threatening conditions receive help faster; and making a concerted effort to clamp down on hospital delays of over 30 minutes when handing over patients at hospitals.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....