People power can reverse public service cuts

NWAS Cumbria

Plans to cut Ambulance services in Cumbria have been put on hold following a UNISON-led public campaign. 

In Penrith, a Rapid Response Vehicle that was withdrawn from service last Monday night has now been reinstated – reversing a cut that could have meant longer response times. 

In Carlisle, a proposal to cut night-time Ambulance cover has been suspended.  

The campaign continues to ensure that these services are maintained permanently.  Campaigners are heartened to see that the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) are responding to public concerns. Over 10,000 people signed a petition objecting to the cuts. 

Paul Foley, UNISON North West Head of Health said:

“Nobody voted for public spending cuts that mean skimping on ambulance cover.  People have come together to show that we will not tolerate permanent austerity that wrecks services and puts lives at risk.

“The campaign in Cumbria has shown that people power can reverse cuts.  Cuts are not inevitable and if we show our opposition we can help protect our communities.” 

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