§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the estimated overspend on the north-west regional health authority's ambulance budget by the end of the current financial year; whether he proposes to take any action in regard to the closure of ambulance stations in greater Manchester due to the lack of crews; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information he has as to how many ambulance stations have been closed in greater Manchester in the last 12 months; for what length of time and for what reasons; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what information he has as to the number of occasions in the last 12 months in which ambulances have been turned away from the first accident and emergency department they called at in greater Manchester, and as to the reasons for such refusal; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
We do not hold information centrally on these matters. The hon. Members may wish to address their inquiries to Mr. Bruce Martin, QC, chairman of north-west regional health authority who has responsibility for the management of ambulance services in greater Manchester, and the allocation of resources for ambulance services, as a whole, throughout the north-western region.