Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has committed in the Commons to look into the performance of the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), after Matt Warman MP and other Lincolnshire MPs raised serious concerns in Parliament. Citing waiting times for ambulances to arrive and the fact that police officers have had to step in to assist with transporting patients in rural Lincolnshire, Matt said staff and patients deserved a better service.
Answering a question from the Boston and Skegness MP, the Health Secretary agreed that there are places where the service that EMAS provides to rural areas is not as good as it should be, sometimes because of the perverse incentives relating to how their targets work. Jeremy Hunt said he is absolutely determined that EMAS should meet the current targets and made a commitment to continue to look into this issue.
Matt said, “I often have constituents contact me regarding the service they have received from the East Midlands Ambulance Service and whilst they cannot fault those providing care, time and time again the issue of excessive waiting times for an ambulance to arrive arises. I’m pleased the Health Secretary has committed to investigating this issue further and reiterated his determination to meet current targets in the service. His commitment will deliver real improvements on the ground, and I know they can’t come soon enough.”
The full question and response can be read here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-01-09/debates/A0C1CB51-3E77-4FD0-87D9-AD36C2C11CE5/MentalHealthAndNHSPerformance#contribution-15EC1154-6144-47D6-A7C7-9983DD557233