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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Cumbria Ambulance response times vow

AN angry councillor has vowed “not to let go” in his fight for answers over Cumbria ambulance response times.

Councillor Ray Cole updated Millom Town Council after pressing the North West Ambulance Service over claims that elderly patients were forced to wait for more than an hour.

Cllr Cole began probing for answers after being contacted by the family of Audrey Preston, 83, who waited in pouring rain after breaking her leg in January.

Cllr Cole said the trust had announced the incident was being offically investigated.

Mrs Preston suffered the break in Newton Street and was sheltered by residents until an ambulance arrived.

Since her story featured in the Evening Mail, three more cases came to light including a woman waiting for an hour and 40 minutes in Lancashire Road with a triple fracture.

Cllr Cole said: “I will not let go of this.”

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I know a town where the road time from an ambulance base is over 40 minutes plus in good conditions . Let alone time being taken to allocated one, other than the air-ambulance.

Posted by a yeoman on 5 March 2014 at 12:42

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