Boris Johnson is expected to call an emergency Cobra meeting to work out a rescue plan for overwhelmed English ambulance services, Liberal Democrats are demanding.
Their plea intervenes in a context of worsening delays of ambulances responding to 999 calls and a large number of crews having to wait outside hospitals because A&E staff are overwhelmed and hospitals are running out of beds.
The 10 NHS the services of ambulances in England went to their highest alert level in September and October, meaning they were under "extreme pressure ", it emerged on Wednesday.
Health Minister Edward Argar made the admission responding to a parliamentary written question from Daisy Cooper, Lib Dem deputy leader and health spokesperson.
"This is shameful. Forget the statistics. We're talking about loved ones waiting for ambulances that arrive too late or getting stuck in hospital queues, with devastating results, "Cooper said.
" The Prime Minister must bring this crisis under control. He is expected to call an urgent Cobra meeting and agree on a bailout for our overwhelmed ambulance services before the tough winter months. die because so many ambulance teams are immobilized for long periods outside the A&E units, the bosses of the 10 ambulance services estimated last week in a report.
This comes after Mark Docherty, Director of Commissioning ofs West Midlands Ambulance Service Nursing and Clinics, recently explained to advisers how Shropshire "ran out " of ambulances to answer 999 calls.
"Two weeks ago today we have run out of ambulances in Shropshire and Telford " he told the BBC .
"What I mean is every ambulance we had was stuck outside a hospital with a patient . It 's not about blaming or pointing fingers. It ' s about recognizing all of us that we are in a very difficult position. "
Ambulances are taking longer and longer to deal with incidents. The the most recent figures from the NHS show thatresponse times in October were the longest since the records began in 2017. On average, teams take just under 54 minutes to respond to the second most serious category of 999 calls, or three times every 18 minutes it should take.
Cooper urges PM to bring in military personnel to help NHS ambulance services, drop plans to close stations ambulance and increasing the number of beds to stop hospitals becoming so full, so A&E staff can admit more patients faster.
The department de Health and social care have been asked for a response.