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Rochdale MP calls Ambulance service 'shambles'

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The MP for Rochdale Tony Lloyd has branded the North West Ambulance Service a shambles.

It comes after a couple in Rochdale had to wait eight hours for an ambulance.

Ron Gerner and his elderly wife, Pat, had to ring for an ambulance on Boxing day at nine o’clock in the evening.

Mr Lloyd said it was five o’clock the following morning before the ambulance arrived to take a very sick lady to Fairfield General Hospital. She arrived at Fairfield not very long after five o’clock in the morning and it wasn't until two o’clock in the afternoon before she was finally admitted to a ward.

The sad reality is that North West Ambulance Service is a shambles. That, of itself, underlies something much more serious—as a shambles, it is of course putting people’s lives at risk. This is simply unacceptable in modern Britain.

– Tony Lloyd MP