Ambulance Pressures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Shadow Minister (Education) 4:27 pm, 18th July 2022

Since March, West Midlands ambulance service has been on the highest level of alert, and I understand that it was joined by the other ambulance services across England last week. In May, Mark Docherty, the director of nursing for West Midlands ambulance service, predicted that the service would collapse by 17 August—that is a month away from now—if hours lost by crews delayed outside hospitals kept increasing, which of course they have. Can the Secretary of State give some specific answer on what he is doing to address the issues in the west midlands, and also in our care homes, which are a root problem of trying to get people out of hospitals?