On the 7th January the carer who was looking after my 73-year-old father called for an ambulance. My father John, who had recently been unwell, was in serious pain and in urgent need of medical attention. He was told that it would take 4 hours for an ambulance to reach him.
I immediately left to pick him up and take him to the hospital myself -- it would be faster than waiting for four hours -- but it was too late.
My father died in the car next to me as I tried to drive him to hospital. He was in a great deal of pain. My three-year-old son was with us in the back seat.
Since the death of my father, I have heard many stories of people waiting hours for ambulances in the East of England. News reports tell of the impact of huge cuts to the service and even firefighters and police have complained that the ambulances are not showing up to incidents in time. There are two ambulance stations that are meant to serve my father, but I've been told that at certain times of the day they are not staffed.
Despite this the Care Quality Commission continue to approve the service and the East of England Ambulance service continue to make cuts.
Something must change.
Please sign my petition calling on the Health Secretary to urgently review the East of England Ambulance service. As Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt can use his authority to review the cuts to the service and ensure changes do not cost people's lives.