Talks set over ambulance concerns

Northumberland County Council is responding to residents’ requests to help them raise issues about the ambulance service.

Following renewed calls for information after the death of a 16-year-old boy near Berwick, a meeting has been arranged between Chairman of the Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board Scott Dickinson and the Chairman and Chief Executive of the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

Councillor Dickinson said: “The ambulance service is clearly one of the most important health-related services to operate in the county.

“Both the health and wellbeing board and the council want to work with NEAS to make sure that residents are receiving the best possible service.

“Concerns have been raised about a delayed response to a recent fatal crash, and this is one of the issues we wish to discuss at the meeting.”

Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Executive Director of Wellbeing and Community Health Services Daljit Lally will also attend the meeting with service representatives.

Mrs Lally said: “I look forward to meeting with the NEAS representatives as part of our continued close working with all frontline health service providers which operate in Northumberland.”

The meeting is due to take place at the end of March.