Our case of the miss­ing am­bu­lance

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NEIL KEV­EREN Har­mondsworth JEAN MCFARLANE Mur­ray Road, North­wood ROY JAMIESON Ad­dress sup­plied

health of res­i­dents at home.

Pol­lu­tion and noise are a proven threat to life around Heathrow and he must not in­crease the risk by break­ing his “No ifs, no buts, no third runway “prom­ise. I READ with great in­ter­est your Bmail col­umn where your writer Bar­bara Fisher talks about Mr F be­ing re­fused an am­bu­lance.

This hap­pened to us, al­though not quite. My part­ner be­came very ill one Sun­day last year, also in ter­ri­ble pain.

We waited three and a half hours for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive. We are el­derly, in our late 70s, I was told to ring ev­ery hour! I men­tioned that I had only one arm, could not move him or re­sus­ci­tate him.

We fi­nally got to Wat­ford Gen­eral, four hours later still wait­ing to be seen and were sent home in a cab at 1am.

Any­way my cam­paign worked, try this bet­ter than the om­buds­man route. By co-in­ci­dence LBC Ra­dio on the Nick Fer­rari Show was do­ing a call in on LAS am­bu­lance ser­vice, and top brass man at LAS was a guest on the show.

I rang in, waited, got through to this man, told him my story, no names, or even area, Nick told me to stay on the line, gave LBC per­mis­sion to pass on name and ad­dress etc. Had a grov­el­ling let­ter of apol­ogy the next day say­ing they would look into it. Which they did, an­other let­ter came again apol­o­gis­ing. We were told that no am­bu­lance was avail­able here in North­wood area NW Lon­don, so crew were sent from Kent. They were very good, could not say the same for Wat­ford Gen­eral.

I also have had two bril­liant phone-ins with Boris [John­son] on Nick’s show. So as he is still Mayor of Lon­don, and gets things done, I no­tice he is speak­ing on Thurs­day Novem­ber 26th at 7pm at The Beck The­atre Hayes.

He will I am sure sort this huge prob­lem out of miss­ing am­bu­lances in North West Lon­don. If I hear those words used as an ex­cuse, “cut backs you know” my screams will be heard as far as Uxbridge and Hayes. hav­ing the op­po­site ef­fect as some driv­ers and mo­tor cy­clists are now treat­ing the road as a rac­ing, ob­sta­cle course which could eas­ily re­sult in ac­ci­dents, and is also making park­ing very dif­fi­cult.

Sev­eral res­i­dents have Emailed Cllrs Pud­di­foot and Bur­rows, but we have been com­pletely ig­nored.

Is there any­one out there that cares about the res­i­dents that the coun­cil sup­pos­edly ‘put first’? Ap­par­ently not.

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