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Westminster: East Midlands Ambulance Service debate

East Midlands Ambulance Service Photo: ITV News Central

MPs from the Midlands have taken part in a debate about the NHS target system for ambulance response times.

Health Minister and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry is concerned that some elderly people have been left waiting hours for an ambulance because their case was not considered 'life-threatening'.

The target for ambulance services requires an eight minute response to a 'life threatening' emergency. The East Midlands ambulance service believes it can do better by closing some stations, opening new 'super hubs" and employing more 'First Responders.'

John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, is worried that a planned shake-up of the East Midlands Ambulance service will add to ongoing problems.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire says that she is aware of cases where elderly people have fallen over in a park, yet local people have had to help out instead of relying on professionals.

Proposed changes to East Midlands Ambulance Service will go before a board in March, with the ultimate aim of improving the current service.