JURY STILL OUT ON REGIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE SAYS LUFF
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JURY STILL OUT ON REGIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE SAYS LUFF

After a visit to the West Midlands Ambulance Service HQ at Brierley Hill today, Friday, Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff was full of praise for the staff and leadership of the Trust but said he was “still waiting to be convinced by the regionalisation of Worcestershire’s 999 service.”


While he was at the centre Peter Luff raised questions about the standards of service in Worcestershire and watched the despatch of a paramedic, an ambulance and the county air ambulance to the scene of a road traffic accident in his own constituency - the MP said “it could no have been done more efficiently.”

However, Peter added,

“There is no doubt that the facilities at the Emergency Operations Centre at Brierley Hill are very impressive, and the commitment of the staff is total – but with the emergency response times in Worcestershire for the most serious cases well below those for the rest of the region and also well below national targets, we still have to ask if a more local service would not be better.

“We all await the outcome of the independent review of the service due in the next few weeks with great interest. Many of us still believe that local knowledge matters – that knowing about local road conditions and geography can make the difference between getting an ambulance to its destination on time, or failing, with potentially serious consequences.

“The last thing I want to do is to create uncertainty in the Ambulance Trust, but at the very least I think we need to keep at the back of our minds the possibility of reverting to a Herefordshire and Worcestershire service. Big is not always better. The independent review looks set to be an important guide to the future of our ambulance service.”

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