‘Ambulance service has failed residents’

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EDITOR - Your front page story concerning Skegness resident Ron Hutchinson and his 90 minute wait for an ambulance is indicative of the contempt senior management at East Midlands Ambulance Service have for the people of Lincolnshire.

Response times to 999 calls are simply not good enough and despite constant scrutiny of them they have failed to deliver the improvements demanded of them by the Chair and members of the County Health Scrutiny Committee.

The sad situation is that these long waits for ambulances to arrive are becoming more frequent and more serious.

This is not an isolated incident.

For some time it has been my conclusion that the service we receive in Lincolnshire is sub- standard and something that must be addressed.

The elderly and the sick and those involved in accidents, wherever they take place in the county, need an ambulance service that is reliable and that is accountable to us.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, despite all the attempts by politicians of all parties to get them to improve, they simply have failed to do so.

We need the return of a Lincolnshire Ambulance Service for Lincolnshire people that is accountable to the people of Lincolnshire.

I pledge to fight for that service until it is delivered.

We cannot have the elderly treated in the way Mr Hutchinson was - he deserves better and so does everyone else living in this county.

COUN COLIN DAVIE

Member of Lincolnshire County Council for Ingoldmells Rural Ward