MP Graham Stuart launches petition on Yorkshire Ambulance Service response times
A PETITION has been launched calling on Yorkshire Ambulance Service to improve its emergency response times.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said only 48 per cent of emergency calls in mid-Holderness are being responded to within the eight-minute guideline.
The target is 78 per cent.
The petition is also calling for the service to support the expansion of Community First Responder teams across the constituency.
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Mr Stuart, who met with ambulance officials recently, said: "This petition aims to present the strength of feeling from my constituents to the ambulance service about the poor ambulance response times and to give a clear remit in support of the wider deployment and maintenance of Community First Responder teams across the constituency.
"This is an issue that affects all of us; we need the assurance that emergency medical assistance will be with us, if and when we need it."
Mark Inman, head of emergency operations for the Hull and East Riding area at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said investments had be made in frontline services in the East Riding area and real improvements are being made. He said: "We are reaching more patients more quickly than ever before."
The service has been criticised in previous months.
Donna Hellewell, 46, of Snaith, demanded answers after claiming it took paramedics 30 minutes to reach her son Jay Strand, ten, who died after suffering an asthma attack.
In a separate incident, Janice Grainger, of Withernsea, said she was talking to the operator for 20 minutes when her grandson Coady Grainger suffered breathing difficulties.
PC Matthew Ainley, who was the first member of the emergency services on the scene, opened up his airway and managed to stabilise the baby's condition until a paramedic arrived.
Councillor Arthur Hodgson, who represents the South East Holderness Ward for East Riding Council, used to be a First Responder.
He said: "I resigned as a First Responder as I felt there was a low quality of training and support.
"The response times are pretty poor and something needs to be done.
"I know it is an exceedingly hard patch to cover, but the ambulance service needs to argue their case for more facilities and financial support.
"The case involving Matt Ainley was disgraceful. Thankfully, he did a superb job."
Mr Inman said: "More recently, in this part of the region, we have increased the number of staff and are using more strategically placed standby points where ambulances wait until they are needed.
"We are also now using some less traditional resources, such as cycle and motorcycle response units.
"All of this is complemented by the growing numbers of volunteer community First Responders and co-responder partnership arrangements with police and fire and rescue colleagues in the area.
"It is important to note response times are not the only measure of our service and we are also very proud of the high quality care we provide to our patients.
Mr Inman said the clinical care provided by his team is among the best in the country.
"As with all ambulance services covering vast rural areas like the East Riding, the geography and sparsely dispersed population present particular challenges in responding to emergencies," he said.
"There is still additional work to be done to ensure we provide a timely response to all patients and this includes continuing to work closely with our healthcare partners to jointly improve services in the future."
Copies of the petition will be available throughout Beverley and Holderness.
Visit www.grahamstuart.com to download a copy of the petition.
The deadline for anyone wishing to add their name to the document is Monday, March 11.