You may have seen a story in the Bolton News last week about Mr Alan Smedley, who fell and was left waiting by the side of the road for four hours before an ambulance arrived.
Obviously this must have been very distressing for Mr Smedley and it is a situation that none of us would like to be in. What really worries me is that this is not the first story that I have heard like this.
In the last few months I have seen stories in the Bolton News and other people have come directly to me to share their experiences. All very similar, all with injuries of varying severity that the majority of us would consider emergency situations, left waiting in the street for over four hours because they have been classed as a non-emergency case.
The growing frequency of these cases makes me suspect that cuts to the Ambulance Service have left us without enough coverage, and either response times for the services classed as non-emergency have increased as a result, or the criteria for emergency cases has been made more stringent.
Before Christmas, I tabled several questions in Parliament for the Secretary of State for Health, asking what the criteria are for emergency cases and for information about the number of emergency cases being responded to. As you can see the response was not very useful, but I will continue to pursue this.
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