Stephen Fry joins campaign against ambulance cuts

A campaign calling for the government to rethink cuts to north Norfolk's ambulance service has today (Thursday) received celebrity backing.

Stephen Fry, who grew up in Norfolk and is now a director at Norwich City Football Club, has lent his support to the petition, Act on Ambulances.

His tweet about it to nearly five million followers said: 'Fellow Norfolkians: do sign the @actonambulances petition to call for improved ambulance response times in N Norfolk.'

The campaign was set up by the North Norfolk Labour Party after it was revealed that the ambulance service in north Norfolk will face cuts, including the removal of a full-time ambulance in North Walsham and full-time status of one of two ambulances in Cromer.

The East of England Ambulance Service chief executive Hayden Newton responded earlier this week to concerns from Norman Lamb and Unison reports to 'clarify the situation' and said: 'Ambulances are not being cut overall but matched to where demand lies.'

He also said the figures quoted were inaccurate and that Cromer would go from having two full-time ambulances to one full-time and one part-time to cover periods warranted by local need.

? The petition can be signed at www.actonambulances.co.uk and campaigners will be on the streets of Cromer on Saturday morning (August 11) at 10.45am.

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