The East of England has some of the worst ambulance response times in the country, especially in rural areas like large parts of Suffolk Coastal.

I have been leading the campaign to improve response times and get a better deal for patients. After much hard work the service has undergone a lot of positive change over the last few years and long ambulance delays are becoming increasingly rare. I will continue to press the case to make sure the service continues to improve.

20 JUL 2016

Ambulance Service Update

Therese organised a meeting in Parliament today for Eastern MPs to hear from the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, Rob Morton. He was joined by Chairman, Sarah Boulton and Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality, Sandy Brown. The meeting is the latest in a series of updates on the Turnaround Plan to improve response times and was the third opportunity for MPs to grill the new Chief Executive on progress made.

Therese said, "We heard about a significant increase in demand and we have asked for more data on this. Unfortunately, there are still major problems on handovers at hospitals despite their efforts. I will be writing to the Chief Executives of the worst performing hospitals - Watford, Colchester and the N&N - to challenge them. I will also be contacting the NHS England Chief Executive.

"Problems with response times in rural areas like East Suffolk remain and I am particularly concerned about response times for people suffering strokes. I will keep organising these meetings until the full turnaround plan is implemented to the benefit of patients."

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