Tom raises James Cook ambulance waiting times in Parliament

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (23rd October 2012) raised the incident of patients and paramedics who were left waiting outside James Cook University Hospital for over 2 hours before being handed over.

Tom raised the issue during Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health.

Tom said:

“Rightly, many of my constituents were disturbed when this news originally came to light in September and I promised to seek an explanation as to why such a dangerous practice was allowed to happen.

“Medical professionals have described such delays as being due to an unacceptable mismatch in “demand and supply” so I felt it was important to urge the Minister to take action to ensure that this problem does not become endemic.

“Whilst the response was unsurprising, in so far as promising not to allow such practices to happen, it is still a deeply concerning issue for a hospital that is planning monumental changes. I will continue to monitor the situation at James Cook University Hospital and to hold the Government to account should standards slip and the health and safety of my constituents are put at risk.”

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