An MP and two town councils have added their voices to a growing chorus of concern about planned ambulance cuts in north Norfolk.

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Norman Lamb has expressed “real anxiety” about the plans in a letter to head of the regional ambulance service Hayden Newton.

He airs worries including information from local crews that 150 paramedic vacancies were being scrapped in Norfolk, two ambulances at Cromer cut to one and North Walsham’s ambulance axed entirely.

The MP also questions why a planned management review, which front line staff felt could result in substantial savings, had not been tackled while service cuts which could damage patient care were being pursued.

Last night North Walsham Town Council voiced similar concerns, with mayor Dave Robertson saying he had heard that staff feared lives could be lost.

“People regularly wait two or three hours for an ambulance and that could increase if it has to come from Great Yarmouth or Norwich when it is currently parked at the local hospital.”

The service plans to cut its intensive care ambulance fleet size from 276 to 138 vehicles and increase its response car fleet from 145 to 232 vehicles, saying it needs to make changes to cope with a rising tide of 999 calls and find savings of £50m over five years.

Members agreed to ask the East of England Ambulance Service to visit the council to explain the planned changes, savings and impact on services.

Cromer Town Council, which wrote to their counterparts at North Walsham with the same concerns and asking bosses to reconsider, will be invited to the meeting when it happens.

12 comments

  • Ambulance response times in north Norfolk are poor without the fear of cuts to resources in Cromer and North Walsham. Anyone who is concerned can sign the petition calling for health chiefs and ministers to rethink at actonambulances.co.uk.

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    Jono

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • For some reason its not on the internet only in the paper, talking of health and safety of norfolk, the fire service change response to alarms sounding, thought the saying was, GET OUT, STAY OUT, call 999. it now appears it want to change this GET OUT, call 999, GO BACK IN to confirm a fire because we might not come, all to save a few quid...what price a life

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    Paula Ovens

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Norman Hall, come to North norfolk the take over has already started, norvic ambulances everywhere.

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    Paula Ovens

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • sorry martin i dont get your hours times did she wait 12 hours before calling a paramedic or did she go to hospital 2 hours after the accident happened. in any case if this was more serious this poor girl could have been crippled for life my daughter dislocated her knee when young and it has plagued her for over 15 years.

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Thank you for that Paula, I did not realise that the Tories an their annexed party , Lib Dems, had advancedadvanced with their plans. How long before a charge is levied to the patient for ambulance services? Weeks of months?

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • norman lamb is part of the problem. happy to vote for these cuts in london and then all concerned when back in norfolk, playing both sides as always

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    jedi master

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • The Tories will never be content until all of the NHS is privatised . A giant step towards this was taken when 49% of its assets were opened to private use. The ambulance service will be reduced until it is deemed necessary to have private companies step in to fill the void. Unfortunately, Mr Lamb and his party have been absorbed into being just a wing of the Tories. As Cameron said the NHS is safe in his hands. Only until it is ready to be handed over lock stock and barrel to the private sector.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Don't have a rtc in norfolk, ambulance being cut and fire service change of policy on rtc response, who's going to turn????????????

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    Paula Ovens

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • norman lamb voted for cuts to the nhs and ambulance service and now is very worried by what is happening . . . does he ever read the small print when he votes ?

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • At a recent football tournament in Gorleston, almost next door to the James Paget hospital, a young girl dislocated her knee. There was a 12 hour wait for a paramedic, who did a fine job. But he couldn't get an ambulance anywhere. He apologised and looked embarassed. After 2 hours the girl was finally taking in the back of h er car.

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    Martin Lovell

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • turn up its meant to say

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    Paula Ovens

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Norman Lamb really does think he can have his cake and eat it too. Did he think his constituency would be exempt from the cuts he supported?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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