Local residents are concerned about local ambulance services.
"I've been contacted by a number of local people who are really concerned about the length of time it has sometimes taken to get an ambulance" explains Douglas Carswell. "They have every right to be concerned".
In one such instance, an elderly lady was left lying on the pavement for over an hour for an ambulance to arrive. In another instance, there was a delay in getting an ambulance to a woman who had recently given birth and needed medical attention.
Douglas has now acted. At a meeting with local ambulance chiefs, Douglas made it clear that local people are concerned.
Douglas was given a number of assurances at the meeting. Most important of all, there will be no closure of any local ambulance stations. "This is absolutely key in making sure that the local service remains local. I am pleased by what the ambulance chiefs said".
Douglas went on "At the meeting, I believe there was recognition of the challenge that those who run the service face. Ambulance crews are busier than ever before, with more call outs than ever."
"The service needs to better manage this – and I think most local people would agree that the service needs to improve. I hope that any changes to the local ambulance services will ensure that the right number of ambulances are in the right place at the right time. That has not always been the case, and those running the service need to get it right".