London Ambulance Service

Petition – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 7th December 1990.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Spearing Mr Nigel Spearing , Newham South 9:34 am, 7th December 1990

I beg leave to present a petition from more than 380 members of the London ambulance service: To the honourable Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled; The humble petition of personnel of the London ambulance service, sheweth that whereas the people of London were subject to grievous risk arising from a dispute, which in the opinion of your petitioners was beyond their power to prevent in a manner consistent with their public duty, repetition of which they and all citizens of London are determined to avoid: the root causes of that dispute have not yet been addressed and therefore unless and until there is a full and proper public examination of the financing, organisation and operation of the London ambulance service there remains a great and continuing risk to the health and welfare of all Londoners.Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House will draw these matters to the attention of one of the Committees selected to consider matters of public health, in particular to draw their attention to the undoubted and unchallenged need for a service adequately resourced, equipped and organised to respond to immediate or emergency calls in a manner at least as effective as that hitherto provided and to further note that in the opinion of your petitioners such a service, if it is to be effective, must be closely associated with provision of services for an increasing number of injured, disabled, convalescent or gravely ill persons requiring skilled attention during specialised transport to and from centres of medical treatment.And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.

To lie upon the Table.