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MP Slams Ambulance Service Report as Biased and a Misinterpretation of the Facts

EMAS - Being the Best Consultation Response Report 

East Midlands Ambulance Service have reported on the response to their consultation on the future of ambulance service provision in the region.

 

Bassetlaw MP, John Mann has condemned the report as a “misrepresentation of the response to the consultation” and has suggested that “Such bias in representing the facts is simply unacceptable and is a breach of both NHS guidelines and legislation.”

 

John Mann has written to Chief Executive of the Trust, Phil Milligan to express his dismay and has requested that he passes on his letter to other Board members in advance of a meeting on January 10th where they will be considering the contents of the report.  In his letter to Phil Milligan, John Mann says:

 

The report indicates that “most respondents support the change in principle”.  This does not reflect either the public meetings, the comments sent by card or indeed I believe other comments sent by Bassetlaw residents.

 

The reports omissions are significant particularly because I have participated in a large number of local campaigns on public sector service provision and found the level of participation in this particular issue to be one of the highest since I was elected to Parliament in 2001.  When 19,034 individuals share the same view that ambulance stations in Retford and Worksop should not be closed then the magnitude of this high level of response cannot be ignored by the EMAS board.  Such a high level of participation creates an imperative to give a much more careful scrutiny of the concerns raised by the people of Bassetlaw”.

 

The full contents of John Mann’s email to Board members is listed below.

 

Attached is a copy of the East Midlands Ambulance Service “Being the Best Consultation Response” Report.

 

 

_____________________________________________
From: MANN, John
Sent: 08 January 2013 17:55
To: 'phil.milligan@emas.nhs.uk'
Subject: EMAS consultation

 

 

Dear Mr Milligan

 

I would appreciate if you could pass this email onto your Board Members in advance of your meeting on 10th January.

 

I have read the Being the Best’ Consultation Response” Report with dismay and regard it as a misinterpretation of the response to your consultation.

 

The report indicates that “most respondents support the change in principle”.  This does not reflect either the public meetings, the comments sent by card or indeed I believe other comments sent by Bassetlaw residents.

 

Your report does not quantify the response from Bassetlaw, so let me assist.

 

From the outset I questioned the quality of the consultation process and the ‘Being the Best’ document, but promoted its existence.

 

Throughout the consultation period I met with and was contacted by thousands of people on this issue and throughout the period I only met one person who supported the EMAS proposals.

 

I am concerned that your report does not consider the comments received from the 2,966 Bassetlaw residents who sent cards to me commenting on their opposition to the proposals. Each card was forwarded to you and contained comments on the consultation.

 

Despite your commitment the report has not included the comments from the people who attended the public meetings in Worksop and Retford.

 

Exactly how many comments have you included in your statistics from Bassetlaw residents?

 

Additionally the report fails to consider the report from Bassetlaw District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee which reviewed and then opposed the EMAS proposals for this area.

 

Such bias in representing the facts is simply unacceptable and is a breach of both NHS guidelines and legislation.

 

The reports omissions are significant particularly because I have participated in a large number of local campaigns on public sector service provision and found the level of participation in this particular issue to be one of the highest since I was elected to Parliament in 2001.  When 19,034 individuals share the same view that ambulance stations in Retford and Worksop should not be closed then the magnitude of this high level of response cannot be ignored by the EMAS board.  Such a high level of participation creates an imperative to give a much more careful scrutiny of the concerns raised by the people of Bassetlaw.

 

John Mann MP

 

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