Yesterday in parliament, I asked a 'point of order' so I could raise a concerning situation relating to the East of England Ambulance Service that had been brought to my attention and find out how I can best get answers from the Secretary of State for Health on it.
Watch the video of my contribution HERE.
It has been put to me by a whistleblower in my constituency that the Ambulance Service became critically over-stretched due to high demand on 19th December. At that point, Senior Operational Managers wanted to move to REAP 4, the highest state of emergency, and seek mutual aid - most likely from the armed forces. But that decision was not taken until 31st December, some 12 days later, and even then aid was not requested. During this period, twenty people died in incidents where ambulances arrived late.
If true, this raises serious questions for the both the Trust and the Government as to why REAP 4 was not declared and no aid sought: what potentially avoidable deaths resulted from those decisions and, above all, how we avoid that ever happening again?
Given this is literally a matter of life and death, I will be pursuing this issue further in parliament and other channels to make sure these questions are answered.