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Hampshire Ambulance Service

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:28 am on 24th April 2001.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 10:28 am, 24th April 2001

The hon. Gentleman is obviously right to say that the phenomenon is not evenly distributed, but it is still important. It is perhaps related to another point, made by the hon. Member for Romsey. She asked whether ambulances are considered primarily as a mode of transport to hospital, or as mobile treatment areas in which treatment is begun where the patient is picked up. That is part of the broader issue of how we create proper paramedic and ambulance services in a world where the distribution of hospitals and specialist care centres is different from that of 10 years ago.