A prominent Liberal Democrat peer has praised the troubled NHS non-emergency telephone service 111 for providing him with "efficient and superb" medical assistance after suffering a heart attack.
Speaking during a private notice question (PNQ) on NHS Direct, Lord Willis of Knaresborough said: "On June 9 I had reason to call 111 because I was having a heart attack.
"The response from 111 was not only excellent in York - not only at the same time did they call the paramedics, but they had me in hospital within 25 minutes to an absolutely superb accident and emergency."
NHS Direct says it is planning to stop providing the 111 service in Buckinghamshire, east London and the City, south east London, Sutton and Merton. The planned withdrawal comes after projecting a £26 million deficit for the coming financial year.