Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, is to urge Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Parliament to review accident and emergency provision at James Cook University Hospital, following the events of Thursday 27th September, where ambulance crews reportedly had two and a half hour waits.
“When someone is taken to hospital in an ambulance, you would expect them to receive care and treatment very quickly. Whilst I accept that demand is difficult to predict, I certainly do not expect my constituents to have to wait two and a half hours after been taken to hospital by paramedics.
I have already had a constituent write to me telling me about their experience. It was no surprise, but certainly re-assuring, to hear from them of the professionalism and courtesy of the staff at James Cook, but the situation they and the Gazette described struck me as wholly unacceptable.”
“I do not hold nurses or doctors responsible for this. I think it is more likely to be caused by the budgetary squeeze local NHS Trusts are finding themselves in due to the Government’s cuts and unnecessary, expensive NHS bureaucratic re-organisation.
To establish the causes behind Thursday’s events and to try to stop it from happening again, I will be asking the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, a series of questions. I will be writing to him specifically about the events last Thursday, and asking him in Parliament about the levels of A&E provision in the region and the steps he will take to prevent the events of Thursday from recurring, either at James Cook or elsewhere in the North East Ambulance Service area.”