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Urgent call to improve ambulance response times in Gloucestershire

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

Councillor Paul Hodgkinson is calling for health bosses to fix Gloucestershire's faltering ambulance service

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An urgent call to improve ambulance response times in Gloucestershire has been tabled by the county’s Liberal Democrats.

Lib Dems have submitted a motion to be debated at the next meeting of Gloucestershire County Council next Wednesday demanding improvements be made to the blue light services in the next three months.

The Echo revealed earlier this year that patients in the most rural areas of Gloucestershire can expect to wait twice as long for an ambulance as their peers in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach) who will be proposing the motion said: “It is of grave concern that the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) have continued over the past twelve months not to meet their 75% target in response to life threatening calls.

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“The issue of ambulance performance has already been acknowledged and is being monitored by both the Council’s Health and Care Scrutiny Committee and the South Western Ambulance Service Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, but still the response rates in rural areas are unacceptable.”

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 22 2014, 6:24PM

    Blatant electioneering, there is no way to achieve the same times in the countryside compared with a large town or city is this man mad?