Rosie Cooper MP has yet again had to express outrage at the appalling service being delivered by the North West Ambulance Service.
MP Rosie’s office was contacted at 16:30 on the evening of Friday 5th November by a number of worried constituents to alert her to an 88-year-old gentleman who had fallen in a road in Parbold – and had been left to lie there for three hours in the cold and rain!
Appallingly, the gentleman in question had to be triaged by members of the public and a local GP, before being taken to hospital in a neighbour’s car as there was no prospect of an ambulance turning up any time soon.
Rosie Cooper MP commented,
“I have been complaining for some time about the failures of NWAS, and this is just the latest disaster. When my office tried to raise the alarm to speed things up, the Chief Executive’s office just told us to call 999 again. God knows if an ambulance was ever going to turn up!”
“I had to phone the North West Director for NHS England and Improvement, and I am grateful that a local GP was able to help this man. But between that and him being taken to hospital with a nasty head wound by a neighbour, I am left wondering if we are at the bottom of the barrel. Can the “Not Working Ambulance Service” get any worse? It is failing my constituents!
“I have raised this with the Secretary of State for Health as a matter of urgency. I have told the government time and time again that the service needs more resources and manpower.
We appear to be constantly living in ‘unprecedented times’ and told to expect and forgive poor service. But there is no longer anything unprecedented about this. We have known the service is on its knees for over a year and nothing has been done.
It is the duty of the Secretary of State and the Government to provide a responsive and reliable service. I hold them equally responsible for this disaster.”