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Ambulance Waits At Accident And Emergency Departments

EDM number 685 in 2002-03, proposed by Liam Fox on 06/02/2003.

That this House notes with very great concern the mounting crisis in the ambulance service over delays to the admission of patients at accident and emergency departments in many parts of the UK; further notes that the problem is being caused by the drive to limit waiting times in accident and emergency departments to four hours, prompting hospital managers to delay taking over the case of a patient from ambulance staff to help them meet this target; further notes that in the most extreme cases ambulances have been stuck outside accident and emergency departments for longer than six hours, and that up to 11 ambulances have had to queue outside an accident and emergency department at any one time; further notes that some ambulance services have had as many as 50 per cent. of their ambulances stranded at accident and emergency departments at any one time, and as a results are warning that they may not always be able to respond to 999 calls; further notes that the Health Minister, the honourable Member for Tottenham, recently convened a meeting of ambulance service chief executives at which he instructed them not to talk publicly about the issue; and calls for an urgent debate in Government time on how this disgraceful situation is being tackled.

This motion has been signed by a total of 37 MPs.

Liam Fox06/02/2003WoodspringConservativeProposed
Tim Loughton06/02/2003East Worthing & ShorehamConservativeSigned
John Baron06/02/2003BillericayConservativeSigned
Chris Grayling06/02/2003Epsom & EwellConservativeSigned
Cheryl Gillan06/02/2003Chesham & AmershamConservativeSigned
Simon Burns06/02/2003West ChelmsfordConservativeSigned
Marion Roe10/02/2003BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Elfyn Llwyd11/02/2003Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Peter Duncan11/02/2003Galloway & Upper NithsdaleConservativeSigned
Andrew George11/02/2003St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Luff12/02/2003Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
Bob Spink13/02/2003Castle PointConservativeSigned
Andrew Rosindell24/02/2003RomfordConservativeSigned
Jonathan Sayeed24/02/2003Mid BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Caroline Spelman24/02/2003MeridenConservativeSigned
Andrew Murrison24/02/2003WestburyConservativeSigned
Howard Flight24/02/2003Arundel & South DownsConservativeSigned
Andrew Hunter25/02/2003BasingstokeIndependent ConservativeSigned
Hugh Robertson25/02/2003Faversham & Mid KentConservativeSigned
Eleanor Laing28/02/2003Epping ForestConservativeSigned
Anne McIntosh03/03/2003Vale of YorkConservativeSigned
Julian Brazier05/03/2003CanterburyConservativeSigned
David Maclean06/03/2003Penrith & The BorderConservativeSigned
Patrick Mercer06/03/2003NewarkConservativeSigned
Bill Wiggin07/03/2003LeominsterConservativeSigned
John Randall10/03/2003UxbridgeConservativeSigned
Edward Garnier17/03/2003HarboroughConservativeSigned
Nigel Evans19/03/2003Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
James Gray20/03/2003North WiltshireConservativeSigned
Andrew Selous24/03/2003South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Stephen O'Brien25/03/2003EddisburyConservativeSigned
Oliver Heald31/03/2003North East HertfordshireConservativeSigned
Julian Lewis31/03/2003New Forest EastConservativeSigned
Desmond Swayne03/04/2003New Forest WestConservativeSigned
John Horam07/04/2003OrpingtonConservativeSigned
Ann Widdecombe14/04/2003Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Philip Hammond03/06/2003Runnymede & WeybridgeConservativeSigned

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