Jenny presses Government over ambulance delays.
Jenny Chapman MP questioned Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, over how the Government was intending to deal with the growing problem of ambulance delays, which is resulting in many people having to wait hours to receive treatment.
Jenny Chapman (Darlington) (Lab): If the Secretary of State wants some kind of Trip Advisor-style scheme for the NHS that is fine; it may improve safety and it may help patient choice. However, a woman who has fallen to the bottom of her stairs and is waiting hours for an ambulance does not have a choice. That is happening now and it was not happening five or six years ago. What is he going to do about that?
Mr Hunt: First, I will ensure that throughout the system when we have failures in care we are completely transparent about them and do not seek to brush them under the carpet. That is a very important change. Secondly, yes there is pressure on ambulance services, just as there is pressure in most parts of the NHS now, but under this Government our ambulance service is taking 1,000 more people every day on emergency journeys. We should credit it with doing a very good job in difficult circumstances.
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