Sutton Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to convene an emergency COBRA meeting as London Ambulance Service declares critical incident


  • Many residents surveyed have reported longer than national average
  • Several residents have waited more than an hour 

People across Sutton are being forced to wait dangerously long for an ambulance to arrive, with the local NHS now even encouraging people not to dial 999. The problem impacts St Helier Hospital, where A&E services are being slashed by the Conservatives and moved to the Surrey border.

The London Ambulance Service is now at the highest alert level (REAP Level 4), with response times now being measured in hours instead of minutes.  

Local residents have reported the shocking state of ambulance waiting times in Sutton. Many have found ambulances taking longer to arrive than usual this summer, with several waiting over an hour before help arrived. 

Bobby Dean, who is running to be Carshalton & Wallington's next MP, has been gathering residents views on local health services.

Government Ministers have yet to respond to the national ambulance emergency which is affecting people across the region. 

The special COBRA could bring together the heads of each ambulance service, paramedics, NHS and social care, leaders, primary care, public health leads and experts in emergencies. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Carshalton & Wallington, Bobby Dean said:

“We are gripped by a local health emergency, yet the Government has offered no help whatsoever. 

"More and more people are telling me that Ambulance waiting times are getting worse here. The Conservatives plan will leave St Helier without an A&E service altogether. 

"Local paramedics and NHS staff are at breaking point, with a plan that will only make things worse. 

"We need the government to get a grip, fast. But instead, the Conservatives have left people to face multiple crises with no sign of leadership."

Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said:

“It is now or never to save lives. With warnings of a heatwave emergency, the Government must convene a special COBRA meeting today and put in place a plan to support overstretched health and social care services. People can’t wait any longer. 

“It’s simply appalling that we’ve heard more from Ministers about the Conservative party leadership contest than about a genuine national emergency. We’ve not heard a peep out of the Secretary of State for Health on ambulance services which are operating at the fringes of what is safe. It is time Conservative Ministers put country over party, starting today.”


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