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Ambulance Services: South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what evidential basis the South East Coast strategic health authority describes as a myth the proposition that patients’ lives will be at risk if it takes longer for the ambulance to transport them to accident and emergency as described on its website (157010)

This is a matter for the local national health service. South East Coast strategic health authority has advised officials that the evidence obtained comes from several academic sources and has been a theme in a number of national publications.

We would encourage the hon. Member to contact the chief executive of the lead NHS organisation in this matter which is West Sussex primary care trust.