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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 Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey 10:28 am, 24th April 2001

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that as part of the "re-look" at the ambulance services we should consider the fact that ambulances are far too often used as an up-market means of transporting an old lady from one hospital to another, when there is probably no need for a trained paramedic and a back-up person? Is there not a case for a total review of the services provided by the ambulance service to identify more clearly the calls that need to be responded to by paramedics? Should we not also consider increasing the transportation side of the ambulance service in another manner? At the moment, all these services tend to be put into one big pot.