Save Maghull Ambulance Station campaign gets backing of Labour’s shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and members of the Maghull and Lydiate Labour Action Teams’ Cllr Patrick McKinley, Cllr Lynn Gatherer, Cllr Veronica Bennett, Rob Owens, June Burns, Andy Wilson and Tom Donnelly, sign Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary

 

 

The campaign to save Maghull Ambulance Station from closure got the backing of Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham this week.

Andy came to town to add his name to the petition which has already been signed by hundreds of people in Maghull and Lydiate opposing the closure of the ambulance station in Lydiate.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson launched the campaign after news broke that North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) was planning to close the station on Kenyons Lane.

In a letter to the MP, NWAS chief executive Bob Williams said the station was set for closure with the service being relocated to Bootle & Netherton Fire Station at Buckley Hill due to the "current financial climate".

Signing the petition outside the Ambulance Station, Andy Burnham told Bill Esterson that he was very concerned that Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts were hitting front line NHS services.

Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary said: "People are rightly concerned that local services they rely on are being closed for cost-driven reasons rather than on solid clinical evidence.

"Bill tells me that hundreds of people from Lydiate and Maghull have signed the petition opposing the closure of the ambulance station.

"David Cameron’s top-down reorganisation, that no-one wanted and nobody voted, has wasted £3 billion that should have gone to front-line services.  Across the country A&Es are in crisis - the new 111 service often directs people straight to A&E, NHS Walk-In Centres have closed and council social care budgets have been slashed to the bone, meaning  more older people are going directly to A&E and remain in hospital for longer because the home care services they need are not available.

"We will oppose closures that are being made because of cost, and I am pleased to support Bill’s campaign to save Maghull Ambulance Station.”

Bill Esterson said he had been inundated with support from people in Maghull and Lydiate.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson signs Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham up to the Save Maghull Ambulance Station campaign.Bill said: "The response to this campaign shows the level of opposition to the closure of our Ambulance Station.

"People are concerned about the closure of the station having a direct impact on ambulance call out times. While North West Ambulance Service say the move will not affect call out time, experiences elsewhere in the country have shown that closure of this type has a detrimental impact on call out times.

"In Shropshire, where there has been a restructuring of the ambulance service, which has led to the closure of seven ambulance stations, councillors there have highlighted that the ambulance service now is failing to meet its statutory response times.

"I don't want to see that happen here, and neither do the hundreds of residents who have already signed the Labour Action Team's petition.

"I'd like to thank Andy for taking time out of his busy schedule to come here and join our campaign to save our ambulance station."

You can sign up to the campaign to Save Maghull Ambulance Station, by going to www.BillEsterson.org.uk

 

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