Ambulance issues on council agenda

Ambulance issues are to be discussed at Northumberland County Council's north area committee.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 10:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 10:18 am
Ambulance in Berwick
Ambulance in Berwick

Hilary Brown, of the Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, and Andy Molloy, of North East Ambulance Service, will be there on Monday, at 6pm at East Ord village hall.

Ambulance cover has been a major issue in the Berwick area since last year when 16-year-old Kyle Lowes, from Eyemouth, died in a road accident.

It took 26 minutes for an ambulance to attend and, tragically, Kyle died at the scene. It later emerged that an ambulance was on standby in Berwick at the time, but that the crew there were not contacted immediately as they were on a scheduled break.

Following pressure from Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of break protocol of ambulance crews.

Mr Hunt has instructed the chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, Dr Anthony Marsh, to find a solution and report back by April.

The issue was back in the spotlight last month when there was a delayed response to a call when an elderly woman fell and was knocked unconscious on Berwick pier.