MP calls for response times shake-up

A health minister and Norfolk MP has called for a major shake-up of response times after yet another story emerged of alleged delays by the East of England Ambulance Service.

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Norfolk MP Norman Lamb laments ambulance response times in rural areas

A Government minister has called for a shake-up in ambulance response targets in rural areas following the death of a young chef in Norfolk.

It took two hours for an ambulance to get to 26-year-old Peter Nelson who had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

His local MP has described it as completely unacceptable and wants an urgent review of the time it takes paramedics to reach urgent cases.

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Health Minister Norman Lamb targets response times shake-up after death of Norfolk chef

Norman Lamb says that rural areas are being neglected. Credit: PA

A health minister and Norfolk MP has called for a major shake-up of response times after yet another story emerged of alleged delays by the East of England Ambulance Service.

26-year-old chef Peter Nelson died after collapsing at his home in Blakeney, in North Norfolk, after waiting nearly two hours for an ambulance.

Norman Lamb, who's the minister in charge of care and support, said rural areas were being neglected as trusts focused on meeting easier urban response-time targets.

"We need to re-think these targets because they distort behaviour," he said.

"I don't have a complete blueprint for the answer but I'm clear there is a massive risk that the current system is distorting clinical priorities and rural patients are suffering as a result."

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