Victoria Collins backs Lib Dem 5-point Winter Plan for Ambulances

24 Jan 2023

Victoria Collins backs the Liberal Democrat plan to tackle Ambulances. "As our NHS continues to struggle, lives are at stake and the government must do more to tackle the issue of ambulance waiting times holistically. That's why I'm backing our Health Spokesperson, Daisy Cooper, and her 5-point winter plan for ambulances"

Victoria Collins talking to residents about the NHS


The Liberal Democrats' 5-point Winter Plan for Ambulances will help fix the problems facing emergency services and save lives both now and in the future.

  1. Fix Social Care. Bring forward a fully funded programme to get people who are medically well enough discharged from hospital and set up with appropriate social care and support. This will allow people to leave hospital sooner and make more space available for new arrivals.
    The Government's current attempt at this through the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund is not good enough, as the funds will come from existing NHS budgets putting even more pressure on other services. It will also not be deployed in full until the end of January.

  2. More hospital beds. In addition to getting people out of hospital so that they get care in a more comfortable setting, the number of beds in hospitals needs to be increased to end excessive handover delays for ambulances, caused by a lack of bed capacity. Any new beds must come with increases in staff to care for those extra patients.

  3. Community mental health support. Expand mental health support services to get people the appropriate care they need and reduce the number of call-outs for ambulances for mental health reasons. Learning from hospitals that have set up 'emergency mental health departments', will not only get people more appropriate care but relieve pressure on A&Es and ambulances.

  4. Paramedic recruitment drive. Launch a campaign to retain, recruit and train paramedics and other ambulance service staff. Like all health and care services, it needs to be properly staffed.

  5. Ambulance delay transparency. Pass my Ambulance Waiting Times Bill into law which would require accessible, localised reports of ambulance response times to be published. This would ensure that 'hot spots' with some of the longest waiting times can be identified routinely. 12-hour waits at A&E should also be published from arrival at hospital rather than the 'decision to admit' as is current practice so that the true scale of the problem is clear for all to see.

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