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MP's shock at out-of-action ambulances
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
COLCHESTER’S MP Sir Bob Russell said he was shocked to learn eight of the 19 ambulances covering north Essex were off the road when he spent a day with paramedics.
The Lib Dem joined members of the East of England Ambulance Service for a seven-hour shift.
He said he was amazed at the number of vehicles out of action.
He was also told ambulance crews are required to visit commercial garages twice a day to fill the fuel tanks.
Sir Bob said: “I would have thought with the huge volume of fuel consumed it would make more economic sense for the ambulance service to have its own fuel tanks. I will be pursuing this point.”
Despite describing his experience on the blue-light shift as fascinating and rewarding, Sir Bob said: “Morale remains very low as a result of the shambolic organisation the East of England Ambulance Service has become – and will hopefully be put right with the new team at the top which has been brought in following the past failings.
“The dedication and enthusiasm of ambulance personnel is obvious.
“I was impressed and residents can be assured and proud of the service they provide.”
Sir Bob's experience comes in the wake of the ambulance service withdrawing its foundation status bid until it improves.
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