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Save Berwick’s Emergency Ambulance: Massive support for petition and strong case made to NHS bosses - Beith

February 10, 2012 5:22 PM

In today's meeting with the Chairman of North East Ambulance Service, Berwick's Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has argued strongly that Berwick's needs for emergency care cannot be met with only one emergency ambulance.

Sir Alan also handed over the first thousand signatures on a petition to Save Berwick's Ambulance, a huge response from the public in just a few days. Petition forms and signatures continue to pour in to the MP's office.

Speaking after the meeting, Sir Alan said:

"I made it absolutely clear to the NEAS that Berwick, because it is so far from the hospitals to which patients are usually taken, needs two emergency ambulances.

"The emergency ambulance is often away for two or three hours when taking patients to hospital and it will not be possible to provide adequate cover with only one emergency ambulance.

"I stressed how important it is for senior managers to come to Berwick and listen to the views of the public before going ahead with any of the proposed changes which affect Berwick."