Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 21st March 2007

In fairness to the ambulance and paramedic services in the hon. Gentleman's constituency, I think that he will find that they will tell him that they have improved considerably over the past few years. Massive investment is going into our ambulance services and paramedics, although of course we always have to improve on it. However, I heard for myself the other day from people who had been treated for heart disease that as a result of the work done by paramedics today, as well as the additional number of consultants, doctors and nurses working on heart disease, we have saved some 100,000 lives over the past 10 years. I do not doubt that there are significant improvements still to be made, but the health service in the hon. Gentleman's area and others is getting better.