The Norh West will have fewer vehicles that are capable of responding to emergency calls under planned cuts to ambulance cover.
Directors at the North West Ambulance Service have proposed cuts that would mean that people requiring emergency medical assistance could face longer waits.
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The proposed cuts would mean:
- the withdrawal of an emergency vehicle at night in each of Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Blackpool (Thurs-Sun), Carlisle and Penrith
- the withdrawal of an emergency vehicle during the day in each of Ellesmere Port, Formby, Warrington, Burscough, Blackburn (2 days), Leyland (2 days), Accrington and Nelson
- the replacement of Intermediate Tier Vehicles with Urgent Care Vehicles – which are not staffed by paramedics and cannot respond to emergency calls. This will affect many areas including Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, South Manchester, Rochdale, West Cheshire, Wirral, North Liverpool, Central Liverpool, Fylde and Burnley.
Paul Foley, UNISON North West’s Head of Health said:
“This is a matter of life and death. Ambulance response times are absolutely crucial in determining survival rates and we should all be concerned about reductions in the availability of emergency assistance. We never know when we might need it.
“These proposed cuts show that the NHS is not safe in this Government’s hands. Funding has not kept up with demand for health care. The Treasury clawed back £2.1bn from the NHS last year and another £1.5bn was squandered on an unnecessary and damaging re-organisation. The NHS is creaking under the strain of insufficient resources.
“We remain a wealthy country and it is not acceptable that we have to take unnecessary risks with reduced ambulance cover.”
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