Manchester Ambulance Campaigners send a Message to Parliament

Campaigners will be heading from Manchester to Parliament today, to urge ministers to halt plans to sell-off Manchester’s Ambulance Patient Transport Service to Arriva, who are set to take over the service from March 2013.

 Over 14,000 people have signed a petition against the move, which has sparked concerns after it was revealed that the Arriva bid performed lower on measures of quality during the bidding process than the existing NHS provider. A Care and Quality Commission report published in October 2012 revealed that Arriva’s private ambulance operation in Leicestershire, ‘Ambuline’, had failed to meet many required standards of care.

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