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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 3rd April 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:31 am, 3rd April 2014

The Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend Dr Poulter is on the Front Bench and will have heard what my hon. Friend has said. I completely understand. One of the objectives in devolving commissioning responsibilities to the local level, in my hon. Friend’s area and others across the country, is to allow a practical appreciation of the benefit of recruitment and retention of minor injuries units, because such units reduce demand on accident and emergency units and ambulance services. I will, of course, ask my hon. Friends to reply specifically on the issues in Somerset.

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Jim Butterworth
Posted on 4 Apr 2014 2:55 pm (Report this annotation)

It took 135 minutes to get me to hospital after a 999 call with a heart attack as all the Ambulances were in use. This has been agreed with the South Western Ambulance Service as is the fact that most Ambulances were tied up with Green call-outs at that time.
They have said "sorry" but will not alter their arrangements.
We are in Somerset, not the Highlands or Outer Hebrides, surely we should have better service than this?