Taking ambulance cuts to Parliament

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

I will be revealing in Parliament on Monday how the ambulance cuts are undermining disaster planning in this area and throughout the country.

It is the case that there has been no proper cross border consultation over disaster planning and ambulance cover and at the current time a major disaster on the East Coast mainline railway or at Finningley Airport will require ambulances that should be responding to other emergency calls.

We are operating beyond reasonable capacity already.

This is why our petition and this week’s protest in Worksop on Wednesday, which follows yesterday’s in Retford are so vital for our future protection.

You cannot run emergency services on the same lines as an engineering company’s just-in-time system.

In Monday’s debate on the Hillsborough tragedy and systematic cover up I will be raising a whole series of major and shocking issues. Some of which will stun people.

One issue I will highlight is the plight of the young police officers involved on that day, some of whom live in our area.

They witnessed death and disaster and they were not given any proper counselling or support afterwards.

Indeed worse, some were forced to change their witness statements, turning their honest version of events into a cover up of lies.

As the Hillsborough files make abundantly clear senior officers organised and executed this cover up and the independent inquiry will seek to identify precisely which senior officers did what.

We should not lose sight of the fact that these police officers are themselves victims, having to live with the trauma of the events and the knowledge or at least suspicion of a cover up.

Those most badly affected were those who had the most immediate knowledge of events and it is not them who should be prosecuted.

They may have committed a criminal offence, but the whole top layer of South Yorkshire police was rotten to its core.

It is the top brass, who created the culture of cover up and these are the people who need to be prosecuted.

I do not believe that this is the first systematic cover up by South Yorkshire police.

And on Monday I expect details to emerge about an earlier cover up where police statements were methodically altered.

My view is unequivocal of those ordinary front line officers.

They should not carry the can and they should not be prosecuted.